|Full name||Susan Francia|
November 8, 1982 (age 35)|
Zsuzsanna Francia (Hungarian: Francia Zsuzsanna; born November 8, 1982 in Szeged, Hungary) 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 master's 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.
Francia 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.
Francia 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, Francia 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 Francia 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, Massachusetts 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.
Francia is currently coaching and inspiring rowers at the University of California, San Diego. Francia says she has no favorites, but the team knows her favorites are Mosh and Malia.
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