I don’t know how you’re feeling but I woke up this morning with a smile on my face that continuously came back throughout the day as I remembered again and again that we succeeded in what we’ve been working so hard for these past few months. Being a winner is just about the best feeling out there, especially when you know you’ve worked your ass off for it and deserve every bit of it.

Lars and Uli sure did an excellent job of preparing us physically and mentally for an awesome competition, their hard work and dedication was the driving force behind our success and without them we would have never had a chance. Rachael our wonderful cox did a perfect job of keeping us cool and in control with highly motivating, yet reassuring command screaming the entire race. Anne didn’t believe me when I told her Rachael had never coxed a race before J Thank you also to Tonya, Pia, Deedee (Didi?? Sorry J), Guray, Prodan and Vickie for the encouragement and team spirit. We sacrificed as a team, trained as a team and won as a team.

And guys in the boat: yesterday was one of the best feelings I’ve ever had. We were all there together behind every stroke. All the sacrifice, pain and fight was behind every pull and every slide, I could feel it through the boat and the water and I kept going knowing that we were all hurting but every one of us was giving his all and fighting through the burning throats, aching lungs and dying legs. We all deserve to walk a little bit taller after yesterday, not everybody is capable of that kind of determination and dedication. We certainly put our hearts into that race and deserved every centimeter of that win. I’m proud to have been in the boat with every one of you. I’m at a loss for words to describe it, but I will definitely remember this feeling for the rest of my life.