August 18, 2008
Charlottesville native and former UVa. rower, Lindsay Shoop, captured the a gold in Beijing early Sunday morning in the Women's Eight event.
Shoop and her seven USA Women's Eight rowing team became the first American rowing team since 1984 to bring home Olympic gold. Shoop's boat was in the lead at every checkpoint and finished the race in a time of 6:05.34, nearly two seconds ahead of the silver medalists, Netherlands.
"What a great story. Lindsay had never rowed until coming to the University of Virginia, works through a great program, competes at the NCAA level, and then continues to compete after she graduates, and gets a gold medal. I don't think it gets any better than that," said UVa. Senior Assistant Athletic Director, Jane Miller.
Shoop graduated from the Covenant School in Charlottesville, and then rowed in college for the University of Virginia, where she was a two-time All-American. After graduating from UVa. in 2003, Shoop traveled to Princeton to train for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.