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Like U.S. national team women’s assistant Laurel Korholz. We profile the veteran coach and Athens silver medalist this issue as she and Tom Terhaar look to extend their impressive run of world and Olympic eights titles. But worlds are still a few months off. In the meantime, we’ve just come off the busiest stretch of the competitive calendar and there’s a lot to process.
There’s Washington’s stunning win in coach Yaz Farooq’s freshman year on the job and Yale’s first-ever IRA title, a razor-thin measure of redemption on the waters of Lake Natoma. There’s the penultimate World Rowing Cup and the perennially entertaining European championships.
And then there’s the strength—both in numbers and quality—of American youth rowing. We saw it on display at youth nationals earlier this month and were moved by the energy and intensity of our sport’s next generation. Those athletes will soon be filling out collegiate lineups, but they have already made their presence felt.
You’ll find this and more in our blowout championship coverage beginning on page 30. It’s more than coverage, however. It’s a record of achievement and a reminder of why we do what we do—on the erg, on the water, and in the pages of this magazine.
We live for this.