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Olympics: USA women’s eight rowers win third consecutive gold medal

RIO DE JANEIRO — The U.S. boat was in third place halfway through the race when coxswain Katelin Snyder shouted the magic words: “This is the U.S. women’s eight!”

Yes, it was.

The crew responded and did what it always does: It won.

The U.S. women’s eight is a seemingly invincible boat, with 11 consecutive world and Olympic titles since 2006.

Only two crew members racing Saturday remained from the boat that won gold in the London Olympics, and only one from Beijing four years earlier.

It didn’t matter.

Canada led after the first 1,000 meters of the 2,000-meter race, with the United States in third. But when Snyder unleashed her rallying cry, everyone knew what had to happen.

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The women’s rowing teams from the United States, left, and Romania celebrate on the dock after winning medals in the women’s eight event at Lagoa in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016. Romania took the bronze, the United states the gold and Britain the silver. (Jeremy Lee/Pool Photo via AP) (JEREMY LEE/AP)

“She yelled, ‘This is the U.S. women’s eight!’ And we rallied,” said Kerry Simmonds, who rowed in seat No. 2.

Snyder, always playing down her role as the coxswain — the only person in the boat without oars — said she told the crew to “trust your fitness, and trust the plan and trust your teammates.”

But what about the tradition of the U.S. women’s eight — a dynasty that stands out in team sports?

“I did say that,” she said, bashfully. “I think it was in the third 500 (meters). And everyone was going together. I was going with them and they were going with me.”

The U.S. women’s eight, which included Eleanor Logan of Stanford, covered the course in 6 minutes, 1.49 seconds, almost 21/2 seconds faster than Britain (6:03.98). Romania (6:04.10) was third.


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In the men’s eight, the United States and Stanford’s Austin Hack were fourth. Britain won the gold with a time of 5:29.63, beating Germany (5:30.96) and the Netherlands (5:31.59).

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