Aug. 25, 2004
Rowing Olympian and University of San Diego alumni Ali Cox (2001) helped the U.S. women's eight claim a silver medal at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. Cox and the American's held a quarter second advantage at 1,000 meters before being overtaken by Romania. The U.S. team, previously undefeated in 2004, edged Romania by .3 seconds in the heats. The 14 Olympic Rowing events were held at the Schinias Olympic Rowing and Canoeing Centre over a period of nine competition days, from August 14-22.
Despite being denied a gold medal, the American women, as reported by the associated press, `said they raced mistake-free and wouldn't consider it an upset to lose to Romania, now three-time defending Olympic champion in the event.' The outstanding finsish by the U.S. marked the first time since 1984 that an American boat has medaled in the event.
The 2,000-meter eight is among the most celebrated of all rowing events. The American time of 6:19.56 placed Cox and her teammates 1.86 seconds behind the Romanian finish of 6:17.70. The Netherlands claimed bronze in the event, clocking in at 6:19.85.
The 2004 women's eight competition has also been highly publicized by the Australian media. As reported by the associated press concerning the Australian team... `During Sunday's final with about 600 meters of the race to go, an exhausted Sally Robbins -- considered one of the team's most powerful rowers -- slumped backward and let her oar dangle in the water. The boat, which already was out of medal contention, slowed dramatically and trailed in last.'
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