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The Will to Rise Above Adversity on the Road to Rio

by USRowing Video by Ed Moran, ed@usrowing.org | Jun 27, 2016
After graduating from the University of Washington, Rob Munn (Redmond, Wash.) set a goal to row in the men’s eight at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. His time on the national team pursuing that dream has not always been easy. He experienced making the boat and he experienced being cut. Through it all he stayed focused on his overall goal, reminding himself along the way that the year he needed to be at his best was in the Olympic year.
After graduating from the University of Washington, Rob Munn (Redmond, Wash.) set a goal to row in the men’s eight at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. His time on the national team pursuing that dream has been anything but easy. He experienced making the boat and he experienced being cut. Through it all, he stayed focused on his overall goal, reminding himself along the way that the year he needed to be at his best was in the Olympic year.

His perseverance paid off. Munn, and partner Mike DiSanto (Boston, Mass.) won the men's pair event at National Selection Regatta I in March and earned the opportunity to race in World Rowing Cup II in Lucerne. With a top finish there, Munn would have secured his spot on the Olympic roster.

But his desire to be in the men’s eight prompted him to remain in selection camp and go for a seat in the eight. Munn made the crew, helped qualify the boat for Rio at the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta and is living his dream. Listen to what Munn had to say about his decision to hold onto his goal through the difficult times in his Row to Rio.

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