United States Lightweight Rowing Assocation
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Kate trains at the CRC in Alameda, CA. After a training with the openweight women's team for the 2012 Olympics I decided to pursue lightweight rowing.
I live in Alameda, CA and train at CRC. Kate and I are building a good track record for getting in laughing fits over the strangest things during practice, and my main goal is to keep that up (and rope as many of my teammates into it as possible). Outside of practice, I'm on a mission to scope out the best ice cream spots this town has to offer and find the coolest hiking/biking/adventuring in the bay area. Suggestions welcome. Oh, and I work as a trainer and coach on the side.
I started rowing the single out of a small rowing club in Miami in 2001. After an eigth place finish at the 2012 Olympic games, I've returned to Oklahoma City for a shot at an Olympic medal. When I'm not rowing and working you can find me at my favorite OKC eatery, S&B burger joint.
I began rowing for the Oakland Strokes in 2001. After three years in the LM4-, culminating with an 8th place finish in the 2012 Olympic games, I've decided to make another run. I train with the rest of the lightweight sweep squad in Oklahoma City and live only one block away form the best barbecue restaraunt in the city.
I live and train in Oklahoma City and am coached by Cam Kiosoglous. The spare time I have is spent working as a fellow for the NRF and studying for the GMAT.
Originally from the Philly area, I currently train in Oklahoma City and work part-time at a staffing agency. Whenever I am not training, I enjoy escaping to California or anywhere there's a beach for some sun, surfing, and delicious food. I hope to pursue an MBA after rowing.
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9.5.13- The day before our semifinal, Kate and I were in our hotel room, screaming at the live video feed of the men’s light four as they stormed down the course in their semifinal. As soon as they grabbed a qualifying spot at the line, US athletes from around the hotel shouted and cheered, having witnessed the same history being made. That light men’s four was the talk of the US team for the rest of the day. Within a single race and a super gutsy performance, those guys created momentum for the whole US team as we headed into the weekend finals.The next day was our A Final and it was a long day of nerves and excitement as we waited for our afternoon start time. As I’m sure everyone reading this can understand, a 2 pm weigh-in for a final race is brutal! Once we got on the water, we executed exactly what we wanted and had visualized: a race where we stayed patient, believed in ourselves, and were aggressive all the way down. It was relieving, thrilling, and meaningful for both of us to cross the line and know that we’d earned a medal together. It was the first time since 2005 that the US has been on the Worlds podium in this event and I’m proud to be part of that. For all of the lightweight boats at Worlds (shout-out to the light women's quad for winning a silver!), there's a feeling of building momentum for the US “little people,” both men and women. I’m honored to be competing alongside such a dynamic, driven group of athletes. Go USA! -Kristen Hedstrom 9.4.13- It was a hot one at the World Championships in Chungju, South Korea this year! Temperatures, humidity, and results were off the charts. In the non-Olympic events, US crews won an impressive two medals, with the LW4x taking silver and the LM8+ grabbing bronze. The LM4x, LW1X, and LM1X narrowly missed out on their respective A finals. Each boat was only one spot away from qualifying. And while LM1X sculler Andrew Campbell finished lower than he was hoping for, his summer wasn't all that bad. Just a few weeks prior to racing in South Korea, Andrew dominated at the U-23 World Championships in Linz, Austria, winning the LM1X. He also killed everyone in the frequent flyer mile contest. From what I hear, Premier 1k status with United is more fun than winning Worlds!On to the Olympic events! Nick Trojan and Austin Meyer made their Senior competition debut in the LM2X, finishing twelfth, a respectable finish for a young crew and the little time they had as a boat. Austin graduated from college (some school in the Boston area) just a couple of months earlier! The LM4- finished fifth, marking their first appearance in the A final since the 2000 Sydney Olympics. There's much work to be done, but the result was an important stepping stone for the group. Saving the best for last, Kate Bertko and Kristin Hedstrom took the silver medal in the LW2X. Neck and neck with ze Germans for second place at the 1k, they powered through to finish two seconds up on third and three seconds off of first. They had a phenomenal regatta! Most crews are enjoying a regrouping period at the moment, regaining some weight and getting ready to dive into training once again. Late September and early October should see everyone back on the water and working for more hardware come next summer! Go USA! -Anthony Fahden 9.2.13- It’s a little odd going back to the World Championships without having a race to row, which I did this year following a vacation in Thailand. I last raced in 2008, but I inadvertently picked a great year to return, since the current crop of U.S. lightweights put up a great showing. The men’s lightweight four (which included one of my boatmates from that last race in Beijing) cracked the finals and finished fifth for its best performance since 1997, while the women’s lightweight double pulled down a silver medal, its best result since 2005.The annual World Championships were a big, tumultuous and exciting part of my life for a long time. Every Worlds is a trip you remember, both for the racing and international cultural experience. It’s also a chance for you to show off the work, training and progress you’ve made in the last year, as well as an opportunity to stake out your place in the pecking order in the rowing community. I was definitely jealous of the athletes still in their prime gearing up to race – although not jealous of the hours and hours of intense training they are putting in that I know all too well (this whole concept of ‘vacation’ is something I’m still getting used to now that I’m not competing anymore). I know firsthand how hard these athletes work and how much of their lives they sacrifice just for the chance to come to an event like this, and the inspiring performances caused me to leave Korea more determined than ever to help them find the resources they need to be successful in the 2016 Olympics. Collectively, the lightweight events are off to the most encouraging start to a quadrennial I’ve ever seen, and it’s a real privilege to have the chance to live vicariously through them (that is, enjoy the excitement of racing without having to do the hard work). -Mike Altman