Gevvie Stone and Kristina Wagner compete in the U.S. Olympic Rowing Team Trials on April 14, 2021 in West Windsor, NJ
WEST WINDSOR, NJ – They might have rowed as rivals in college, but Kristina Wagner, Princeton graduate Gevvie Stone and Yale alumnus Kristina Wagner were rowing for the same side in the Olympic teams’ second try and American Paralympics – Rowing, officially hitting their tickets to Tokyo after the postponement of the year.
Finishing second and third behind Kara Kohler in the women’s pairs event in the first team trials in February, the two athletes teamed up in the doubles in the second trials to win their two races and advance to the final on Thursday. .
Stone is no stranger to the Olympics. Having competed in 2012, she opened up about her retirement after winning silver at the Rio 2016 Olympics as a women’s couple. But soon after, she felt torn to pursue Tokyo. The problem was, the medical school graduate was practicing emergency medicine at a Boston hospital.
Putting his multi-year residency on hold in search of another Olympic medal was not an easy decision. But now that she’s secured her spot on the squad this summer, she said she was happy she decided to stick it out. But she promised: “This is it!”
She’s so sure she already has a start date to return to her multi-year residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.
“I officially start again on August 9 – with a week’s vacation – and then I’m back in the ER, which is really exciting. It’s going to be a real shock to the system, but I also love this world. And I’m really excited for this next chapter of rowing, and then I’m really excited to be a doctor again.
His father, Gregg Stone, a former Olympic rower, and his trainer agreed. “My father said when I was coming here, these are your last tries. These are your last tries!
Wagner – who finished third in the women’s pairs in the first downs in Sarasota – said that was all the motivation she needed to make her first Olympic team. “I said if this was Gevvie’s last try, we had to win.”
With the wind forecast for the end of the week, the finals were postponed by one day. But that didn’t slow the two down.
“We knew we could run back-to-back races,” said Stone, “and we were really excited to have a great race today, to open it up on the course and show our sprint.
Now that they have trials behind them, what are they most excited to do in Tokyo? “Races!” the two responded in unison.
“That’s all we can do,” laughed Wagner, referring to the fact that these Olympics will be unlike any other due to the coronavirus.
“Along with the excitement of that one-two, it’s exciting to be back,” said Stone. “The rowing community around the world is surprisingly small, and it was really good to get together again at a regatta.
But the couple realize how lucky they were to have had it this year.
Wagner said the pandemic taught him not to take things for granted. “It’s not really what you used to do, but if you have a boat, oars and water, it’s good enough. You use the opportunities that you have and you are grateful for them, ”she said.
Stone agreed, and said she couldn’t have done it alone. This past year has “underlined the importance of having a team. It would have been very difficult to train alone at this intensity.
Another successful duo were Tom Peszek and Mike DiSanto, who ran unchallenged in the men’s doubles – earning a spot to compete in the Olympic Qualifying Final Regatta in Switzerland from May 15 to 17, where they will attempt to qualify for the team headed to Tokyo.
Joining them will be the winners of the men’s quad final: Charles Anderson, Eliot Putnam, Justin Keen and Sorin Koszyk.