Erin Cafaro

Olympic rower

Erin began her rowing career as a novice at the University of California, Berkeley in 2001. She went on to make Varsity her Freshman year, and to win the Women's NCAA Rowing Championships in both 2005 and 2006. In the summer of 2005 Erin also competed for USRowing U23 Team in the Women's 4- in the Amsterdam, Netherlands FISA U23 World Championships, where she won Gold. Starting in the summer of 2006 Erin began training fulltime with the US Rowing National Team. She has won one Bronze Medal at Eton, England in the FISA World Rowing Championships in 2006 and one Gold Medal in Munich, Germany at the FISA World Rowing Championships in 2007, both in the Women's 4- event. Erin competed for the United States in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China where she and her teammates brought home the Gold Medal in the Women's 8+ event. This was the first time the United States Olympic Team has won the Gold in the Women's 8+ event in the full 2000m race. In 2009 Erin won Gold Medals both in the Women’s 2- and 8+ events at the 2009 World Rowing Championships in Poznan, Poland. This was the first time in USRowing history that the W2- pair has won the Gold Medal in an international championship, much less two Gold Medals in two very challenging Olympic events in the same year at the same regatta. Erin and her 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 award for 2009 by her teammates and coaches on the USRowing National Team.

During her training in the Olympic year, Erin discovered CrossFit, and has incorporated the training ideologies, concepts and workouts into her full time, year round rowing program. Erin holds a CrossFit Level 1 Certification. She feels that everyone can make a huge difference in their conditioning by using this philosophy and it principles. She is considered an expert in Strength and Conditioning and consults with many experts in this community. Erin wants to 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 training to make a positive impact on the sport of rowing for the future.

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