Susan Francia

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Susan Francia
Medal record
Women's rowing
Representing the  United States
Olympic Games
Gold 2012 London Women's eight
Gold 2008 Beijing Women's eight
FISA World Rowing Championships
Gold 2011 Lake Bled Women's eight
Gold 2009 Poznan Women's eight
Gold 2009 Poznan Coxless Pairs
Gold 2007 Munich Women's eight
Gold 2006 Eton Women's eight
Silver 2014 Amsterdam W4−
Bronze 2010 Lake Karapiro Coxless Pairs

Susan Francia [1] (Hungarian: Francia Zsuzsanna;[2] born November 8, 1982 in Szeged, Hungary[2]) is an American rower. Growing up in Abington, Pennsylvania, she attended Abington Senior High School, followed by the University of Pennsylvania, graduating in 2004 with a bachelors and a masters degree in Criminology and Sociology. She currently resides in Princeton, New Jersey and is affiliated with the US Rowing Training Center. She is fluent in Hungarian.[3]

Rowing career[edit]

Susan began rowing as a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania in 2001. She was a Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Division I All-American at the University of Pennsylvania in 2004. Since graduating she has served nine years as a U.S. National Team member and won a Gold Medal with the 2012 Olympic Team in London, England and the 2008 Olympic Team in Beijing, China.

Susan has been an integral part of the increasingly fast and competitive US Women's National Teams in the past several years. She has aided the US team to achieve remarkable success with many medals and high ranking finishes at the highest level competitions. In addition to her World Championship and World Cup successes, Susan won the Remenham Cup at the 2011 and 2006 Henley Royal Regatta. At the FISA World Rowing Championships in 2006, Francia won the gold medal in the women's eight with a new world's best time of 5:55.50.

In addition to her international accomplishments Susan has also had much domestic success. She won the second National Selection Regatta in the pair in 2011, and all three National Selection Regattas in 2010. She finished second in the pair at the second 2008 National Selection Regatta. She won the championship eight at the 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, and 2012 Head of the Charles Regatta in Cambridge, Mass. Won the eight and finished third in the pair at the 2007 US Rowing National Championships. Won the double sculls at the second 2006 National Selection Regatta and finished second in the four at the 2004 U.S. National Team Trials


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