Hungarian-born Susan Francia has a strong recent track record in competition, according to NBC:

Three-time national team member Susan Francia makes her Olympic debut
in Beijing, rowing in the eight. The collegiate All-American has won
two consecutive world titles in the eight in 2006 and 2007. At the 2007
World Cups she won gold in the eight in Lucerne and bronze in the pair
in Linz. She has also won the eight at the Head of the Charles Regatta
in Boston three times, most recently in 2007.

Francia earned a bachelors degree in criminology from the University of Pennsylvania four years ago and has been training full time for Beijing ever since. Good luck Susan!

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