Bronze for Wisconsin Athlete
U.S. rowers Adrienne Martelli, Megan Kalmoe, Kara Kohler, and Natalie Dell display the bronze medals they won Wednesday in the women's rowing quadruple sculls. Kalmoe is a native of St. Croix FallsPhoto: Image by AP
London -- Megan Kalmoe, a native of St. Croix Falls, Wis., helped the U.S. women’s quadruple skulls team to the bronze medal in the rowing competition at Eton Dorney.
Kalmoe, Natalie Dell (Clearville, Pa.), Kara Kohler (Clayton, Calif.) and Andrienne Martelli (University Place, Wash.) recorded a time of 6 minutes 40.63 seconds and finished 4.70 seconds behind the winning boat from Ukraine.
The only previous medal for the U.S. in this event came in Los Angeles in 1984 when the team won the silver medal on a 1,000-meter course (the length is 2,000 now).
The result was not as good for the U.S. men's eight, which finished fourth. That team includes twin brothers Grant and Ross James of DeKalb, Ill., who rowed for the University of Wisconsin.
The Americans got off to a rough start but were closing at the end. They posted a time of 5:51.48, just three-tenths of a second behind bronze medal winner Great Britain. Germany won the gold medal in 5:48.75 and Canada won the silver in 5:49.98.