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What you've missed since London: Rowing

John David Mercer; USA Today Sports

What you've missed since London: Rowing

Check out what you've missed in rowing since the 2012 London Games.

Who's back

Women's eight (W8+)
The U.S. women's eight rowing team is arguably the best team in sports history. That's a bold statement, but they are coming into the Rio Games seeking their third straight Olympic gold and 11th straight global title.

The United States W8+ team has won a world or Olympic title every year since 2006. (The W8+ and other Olympic disciplines are not contested at the World Rowing Championships in Olympic years.)

Statistically, this world championship winning streak is rare, and a miniscule percentage of teams or individuals come close in professional, collegiate or amateur sports.

Here, however, are noteworthy examples of similar feats: The Soviet National Hockey Team won 14 consecutive world championships -- including Olympic years -- from 1963-1976. Edwin Moses claimed victory in 122 straight races of the 400-meter hurdles. After losing on Aug. 26, 1977, he started an unbeaten streak that lasted almost 10 years until fellow American Danny Harris defeated him on June 5, 1987.  

Meghan MusnickiEleanor Logan and Caroline Lind are the only original members of the gold medal-winning London team looking to return in Rio.

Women's single sculls (W1x)
Gevvie Stone became the first American rower to punch her ticket to Rio. She won the W1x final at the Olympic Rowing Trials this past weekend and secured her second Olympic appearance.

Stone finished seventh at the 2012 London Games.

  

Men's single sculls (M1x)
Ken Jurkowski has one more step to go to secure an Olympic selection. Jurkowski won the M1x final at the Olympic Trials this past weekend, sending him to the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland next month.

Jurkowski must finish in the top three in Lucerne to make his third Olympic Games appearance.  



Ken Jurkowski finished 11th in the M1x at the 2008 Beijing Games. Credit: Bob Donnan; USA Today Sports





Ken Jurkowski finished 24th in the M1x at the 2012 London Games. Credit: John David Mercer; USA Today Sports

Women's pair (W2-)
Eleanor Logan also seeks an Olympic berth in the W2-, as well as the W8+.

Logan recently won bronze in the W2- at the 2015 World Championships.

Men's four (M4-)
Henrik Rummel and Charlie Cole return to the M4- with two new additions to their team, Seth Weil and Matt Miller.

The U.S. men's four rowing team won bronze at the 2012 London Games. 



The 2012 London men's four team was comprised of (left to right) Glenn Ochal, Henrik Rummel, Charlie Cole and Scott Gault. Credit: Matt Kryger; USA Today Sports

The Rummel, Cole, Weil and Miller lineup won gold in April at World Rowing Cup I. What was a test of their speed internationally as a new team ultimately earned them a top podium spot in Varese, Italy.

Men's eight (M8+)
Men's four Olympic bronze medalist Glenn Ochal joins the men's eight team this year and looks to earn the U.S. another Olympic quota spot at the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta in Lucerne next month. 

2012 Olympian Steve Kasprzyk, welcomes Ochal to the men's eight team with one goal in mind: to finish top two in Lucerne and earn an Olympic selection.

Who's gone
Three-time Olympian Mary Whipple retired after the 2012 London Games. Whipple had been the coxswain of the U.S. women's eight team since 2002.

The W8+ consecutive world championships win streak began in 2006 under the lead of Whipple.

Current W8+ coxswain Katelin Snyder briefly filled in for Whipple in 2010, continuing their streak and taking the W8+ team to victory at the 2010 World Championships.

Snyder competed with Whipple for the U.S. coxswain position after 2010 but fell short, and Whipple continued to lead the W8+ until her retirement.

Stars on the rise
Olympic hopeful Katelin Snyder has been the coxswain of the U.S. women's eight team since the retirement of Mary Whipple after the London Games. 

Snyder has led the W8+ team to 2013, 2014 and 2015 world titles. She also seeks her first Olympic gold medal, and an opportunity to extend the U.S. W8+ streak to an 11th straight global title.

Meghan O'Leary left her job at ESPN in 2013 to pursue her Olympic dream.

In a self-published article for ESPNFrontRow.comO'Leary said, "After five years of being on the 'other' side of sports, I have made the difficult decision to put my ESPN career on hold and take a leap into chasing my own sports story, in hopes to become an Olympian."

Her Olympic dream came true on April 24: O'Leary and teammate Ellen Tomek won the women's double sculls at the Olympic Trials and qualified to represent Team USA in Rio.



Ellen Tomek (left) and Meghan O'Leary (right) celebrate their victory after crossing the finish in the final on Sunday. Tomek earned her second Olympic berth (2008) and O'Leary will make her Olympic debut in Rio. Credit: U.S. Rowing

Major comeback
Ellen Tomek finished fifth at the 2008 Beijing Games and did not compete at the 2012 London Games.

Teaming up with Meghan O'Leary, Tomek made a comeback and will row in the women's double sculls at the Rio Games.

World records broken since London
Katelin Snyder led the women's eight, won gold and set a world record with a time of 5 minutes, 54.16 seconds in the final at the 2013 World Rowing Cup 3. The record still stands. 



(left to right) Amanda Polk, Simonds Kerry, Emily Regan, Lauren Schemetterling, Grace Luczak, Caroline Lind, Victoria Opitz, Heidi Robbins, Katelin Snyder of the U.S. win the gold medal and set a new world record in the women's eight at the World Rowing Cup III on July 14, 2013 in Lucerne, Switzerland. Credit: Pier Marco Tacca; Getty Images

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