Years of training led to the most intense — yet most
glorious — six minutes and one second of Amanda
A 2013 Biological Sciences alumna and former
member of the Purdue Crew team, Elmore was a key
component in the U.S. Women’s Eight gold medal-winning
rowing team at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de
Janeiro. On Aug. 13, the team finished more than two
seconds ahead of Great Britain to claim the gold.
No stranger to international competition, Elmore
still was in her first Olympics. Putting her oar in the water
never had so much weight.
“I was able to sleep, actually, but I was so nervous.
I can’t describe nervousness before a race like that,”
Elmore says. “It’s physically painful. You walk around
in a numb haze, but we race so many times that we know
that’s how you’re going to feel and you have to go through
it. You’re shaky but when the buzzer goes, it’s just rowing
Elmore joined the national women’s rowing team in
2014 after a year at the University of Michigan studying
biomedical sciences. Elmore and her team have rowed
in World Cup competitions in Italy and Switzerland as
well as world championships in Germany and France.
Elmore and her teammates, however, hold Rio in a
different category. The entire experience has the young
rower and scholar reeling.
“The best part of the experience has been the people
— the teammates, friends and family supporting me, all
of the other athletes competing and getting to meet them,”
What about the moment she and her team crossed
the finish line?
BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES ALUMNA AMANDA
ELMORE PACES U.S. ROWING TEAM TO
By Tim Brouk