Stanford Rowing Alumna Simona Chin `05 Captures Silver At Paralympic Games
Sept. 11, 2008
STANFORD, Calif. - Continuing a highly successful summer for Stanford Rowing on the international stage, men's rowing alumna Simona Chin `05 picked up a silver medal Thursday at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. Chin served as the coxswain of the U.S. legs, trunk, and arms mixed four (LTA4+) boat that finished second to Italy in the final.
'Simona has represented Stanford at the highest level,' said Stanford Director of Rowing and men's head coach Craig Amerkhanian. 'We salute her and her teammates and their great race.'
Chin and the U.S. boat began the competition by finishing third in Tuesday's opening heat, crossing the line less than a second behind second-place Great Britain, which captured the final automatic bid to the final. The U.S., forced now to earn a spot in the final via the repechage, did just that, keeping itself in contention for a Paralympic medal.
In the final, the U.S. held third place at the 750-meter mark, behind Italy and Great Britain, but used one final charge to overtake the British crew and cross the line with a second-place time of 3:37.61, 0.76 seconds ahead of Great Britain, and 4.48 seconds behind gold medal-winning Italy.
Chin's performance completes a successful Olympic and Paralympic summer for Stanford Rowing, which in all sent seven rowers to the Olympics and Paralympics in China, and came home with a pair of Olympic Golds (Adam Kreek - Canada Men's Eight and Elle Logan - U.S. Women's Eight) in addition to Chin's Silver.