US Women Shine at Lucerne World Cup

Fantastic racing in the women's pairs grand final in Lucerne yesterday, with last year's gold and silver medalists from Karapiro going blow for blow all the way to the line. The final also features two US crews – the athletes (Susan Francia and Meghan Musnicki in USA 2, and Taylor Ritzel and Caroline Lind in USA 1) have been in the eight so far this year, most recently winning the Remenham Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta.

Not to be outdone by their Team USA counterparts in the pairs, the eight had a great race, coming back from an early third place position to out-sprint an extremely talented Canadian women's eight for the gold medal. The US eight was reshuffled within the last week, and featured some new faces, including Pac-10 champion Kara Kohler (fresh off her win in the quad at Henley), and fellow Pac-10 athlete and 2008 Olympic champ Elle Logan of Stanford.

Coming up next - Lucerne in Review: GB and Kiwis Dominant, Team USA on the Rise.

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