Fall 2012

Big Splash

With the row of a lifetime, Gevvie Stone, '14, caps her Olympic dream

by Jacqueline Mitchell

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Olympian Gevvie Stone has returned to the medical school. Photo: Alonso Nichols

Gevvie Stone, ’14, a member of the U.S. Olympic rowing team, placed seventh in the world in women’s single sculls at the 2012 London Games. She had failed to qualify as one of six rowers in the “final A,” from which the Olympic medalists emerged. But two days later, on August 4, during a cold, steady rain at the Eton Dorney Rowing Centre at Dorney Lake, west of London, Stone finished ahead of five other “B final” competitors. She told a reporter from the Newton Tab that she had savored every moment of what she called “my great race. Not a good one, a great one.”

Representing the United States in the Olympics was the culmination of a goal Stone first set 12 years ago, as a sophomore in high school. That’s when the Newton, Mass., native, on official leave from the medical school since 2010, first fell in love with rowing on the Charles River. “I think every kid who plays sports dreams of going to the Olympics,” she says. By her junior year of college, at Princeton, that dream began to seem attainable. “I started to train more and be in a position where, if I worked hard enough, I would get to where I needed to be.”

Her daily routine was a grueling one. Most days this summer Stone was on the water rowing by 6 a.m., followed by weight-lifting and calisthenics under the supervision of her trainer, Glenn Harris, head strength and conditioning coach at Boston University. After lunch and a break, she would typically return to the river for her second row of the day. All of this preparation came under the gaze of her father and coach, Gregg Stone, who was the nation’s top-ranked men’s single sculler in 1980. Something was working. In recent years Stone has proven her competitive mettle by winning the Head of the Charles regatta three times in single sculls.

Although she had earlier said she expected to retire from rowing after the Olympics (and has now resumed medical school), she sounded less sure of that decision in her exhilarated postrace comments to the Tab. “I love rowing,” Stone told the paper. “I love racing. And at this point, I can’t imagine stopping.”

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