Two Bay Area university graduates garnered Olympic gold medals on Thursday as part of an eight-woman rowing team.
Erin Cafaro, a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and Elle Logan, a Stanford University senior, joined six other Americans to pull across the finish line ahead of Canada, with the Netherlands taking the bronze.
Cafaro and Logan both rowed on the 2008 gold-winning U.S. team, which has won five world championships and hasn’t lost a heat since 2006.
The team won with a time of 6:10.59, just a few seconds slower than the world record time, 5:54.17, which they set in May.
Cafaro, who hails from Modesto, California, began rowing as a novice at UC Berkeley in 2001. At 5-feet-9-inches high, Cafaro is shorter than average for a rower, so she devised a special training routine, which she demonstrates in this video: