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Gevvie Stone Talks Race Prep on the Eve of the Gold Cup

by Sarah Marshall, smarshall@usrowing.org | Oct 23, 2015
Gevvie Stone has been one busy girl this week. From winning the women’s champ single at the 51st Head of the Charles to preparing for one of the more unique races of the rowing community, Gevvie has traveled from Boston to Philly to lay her claim for the famed Gold Cup.

Gevvie Stone has been one busy girl this week. From winning the women’s champ single

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at the 51st Head of the Charles to preparing for one of the more unique races of the rowing community, Stone has traveled from Boston to Philly to lay her claim for the famed Gold Cup. On the night before her big race, Gevvie gives USRowing the inside scoop on race prep, her Gold Cup experience and how to interact with Eagles fans as a Patriot loyalist.

So coming off last weekend (HOCR), how has training been like this week?
“I think that mixing things up occasionally by changing venues (Boston to Philly) and training groups (my teammates to Kimmy Crow) adds a little energy boost to my training. I’ve also gotten some pep from the excitement of rowing my new boat—its maiden voyage was here on the Schuylkill on Tuesday morning. Philly weather has been nice to the Gold Cup group this year, and we’ve been able to get some good work done out on the Schuylkill.”

Tell us a little about the experience, this isn’t your first time as a participant of the Gold Cup.
What I love about the Gold Cup is that its board emphasizes the race and the experience. They really treat us well! They want us to be able to focus on our 750-meter sprint race while also spending time with one another and enjoying Philadelphia. It is a privilege to get to hang out with such fast people for a week and to try to absorb everything I can learn from them.” 

Do you consider this a major/minor part of your journey to Rio? How does this factor into your training plan?
“When I’m on the start line against such fast competitors, it’s certainly a part of the “row to Rio”. Although this is an atypical distance, I can learn from it and use my new insight in the coming months. As far as the training plan goes, it’s been a bit of a shock to my system to do racing starts this time of year when I typically am emphasizing volume and power per stroke work!”

Getting an opportunity to compete against some of the toughest scullers in the world has to be cool – have any interesting stories about your previous GC or with the fellow competitors?
“While at the Gold Cup, we have speaking engagements with junior rowers, schools, etc. I know that the purpose of these talks is for the kids to learn, but I pay close attention to my fellow competitors! I’ve learned a lot from them, especially Mahe and Sir Steven Redgrave (who has joined us both years as a steward of the Gold Cup).” 

“One of the funnier things about being with internationals in the U.S. is their amazement at the simple things. Kimmy was in awe of the yellow school bus that drove by yesterday! What else? Last year, we went to the haunted penitentiary, and hearing Sir Steve scream was certainly a highlight of the week!”
You are a Boston girl,what is it like getting to spend a week like this in Philadelphia?
I get to brag to all the Eagles fans about how my team is better! Almost joking…on the subway to the Eagles game, the fan next to me saw my Patriots hat and then began talking with me about how jealous he is of my getting to be a fan of a very successful team. More seriously, it’s fun to explore another city—I especially enjoy sampling some of the favorite local restaurants.”

Gevvie will compete against reining Olympic gold medalist and the first female winner of the Gold Cup Miroslava “Mirka” Knapková (Czech Republic), current female world champion in the single sculls and 2012 Olympic silver medalist in the double sculls and bronze medalist in the single sculls Kim Crow (Australia) and Canadian powerhouse Carling Zeeman who holds one of the fastest times for a woman on an erg (6:29) and gold medalist in the single sculls at the 2015 Pan American Games.

The women’s event will start at 11:45 a.m. before the men’s race at 11:55. The race will take place in the middle four lanes of the Schuylkill River, near iconic Boathouse Row. Prize money of $10,000 will be awarded to the Champion; $5,000 for second place, $2,500 for third place and $1,000 for fourth place. A Gold Cup medal will be given to each winner.

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