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Erin Cafaro Olympic Champion rower shares her knowledge


The American Erin Cafaro is a two-time Olympic Champion rower. She emerged victorious at the London 2012 and Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in women's rowing eight with coxswain (8+).

Besides her achievements on the sporting field Erin and her former pair partner, Susan Francia were awarded 2009 FISA World Crew of the Year for their performances at the World Rowing Championships, as well as being named USA Today's Athletes of the Month. Erin was also awarded the Female Athlete of the Year title for 2009 by her teammates and coaches on the US Rowing National Team.

Considering her excellent performance and charming character, The International Olympic Committee appointed Erin as an Athlete Role Model for the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games. She shares her knowledge and experience with the young athletes competing at the event. Erin also visited the fair play pavilion in the Youth Olympic Village.

- Fair play is extremely important in sport. If you are a professional athlete, you have to respect the performance of the others. The spirit of sportsmanship develops in you when competing. Without being fair, you cannot get to the top.

During her training in the 2008 Olympic year, Erin discovered Cross Fit, and has incorporated the training ideologies, concepts and workouts into her full-time, year round rowing program. She also received her Cross Fit Level I Training Certification. She feels that everyone can make a huge difference in their conditioning by using this philosophy and techniques.

Erin hopes that she can share the knowledge and experiences she has gained from being an elite level athlete with other rowers and athletes. She wants to encourage rowers to incorporate new ideas and training techniques into their practice to make a positive impact on the sport of rowing for the future.

Erin Cafaro is a real role model of fair play. She believes that fair play is more than victory.

CIFP/Lilla Zsofia Adam