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New Canaan's Cole Nominated For U.S. Olympic Team

NEW CANAAN, Conn. -- New Canaan's Charlie Cole belongs to Men's Four, one of four crews nominated to represent the United States at the 2016 Olympic Games. The nomination is pending final approval, according to an announcement by USRowing.

Charlie Cole who grew up in New Canaan is a member of the men's team nominated to compete in the Olympics.
Charlie Cole who grew up in New Canaan is a member of the men's team nominated to compete in the Olympics. Photo Credit: http://www.usrowing.org/

Cole, 30 began rowing at New Canaan High School in 1999. He began his rowing career at Maritime Rowing Club in Norwalk under Yan Vangerovskiy.

The following is the lineups for the lightweight men’s four, men’s four, women’s quadruple sculls and women’s eight. 

Lightweight Men’s Four

  • Robin Prendes (Miami, Fla.)
  • Tyler Nase (Phoenixville, Pa.) 
  • Edward King (Ironton, Mo.) 
  • Anthony Fahden (Lafayette, Calif.)

Men’s Four 

  • Seth Weil (Menlo Park, Calif.) 
  • Henrik Rummel (Pittsford, N.Y.)
  • Matt Miller (Springfield, Va.) 
  • Charlie Cole (New Canaan, Conn.)

Women’s Quadruple Sculls 

  • Adrienne Martelli (University Place, Wash.)
  • Grace Latz (Jackson, Mich.)
  • Tracy Eisser (Fair Lawn, N.J.) 
  • Megan Kalmoe (St. Croix Falls, Wis.)

Women’s Eight 

  • Katelin Snyder (Detroit, Mich.)
  • Eleanor Logan (Boothbay Harbor, Maine)
  • Amanda Elmore (West Lafayette, Ind.) 
  • Tessa Gobbo (Chesterfield, N.H.) 
  • Meghan Musnicki (Naples, N.Y.)
  • Emily Regan (Buffalo, N.Y.)
  • Lauren Schmetterling (Moorestown, N.J.) 
  • Amanda Polk (Pittsburgh, Pa.) 
  • Kerry Simmonds (San Diego, Calif.) 

Six of the athletes won medals at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Games; Logan and Musnicki won gold in the women’s eight, Kalmoe and Martelli return to the bronze-medal women’s quad, and Cole and Rummel won bronze in the men’s four. 

Polk was an alternate in 2012. Logan and Kalmoe are the sole returning two-time Olympians, having competed in the gold-medal women’s eight and the women’s double sculls in Beijing. 

The U.S. women’s quad is the defending world champion, while the U.S. women’s eight seeks a historic 11th-consecutive world or Olympic title in Rio. 

Selection for the crews was determined by lineup evaluations and training camp performance in Chula Vista, Calif., and Princeton, N.J. 

The final crew to represent the U.S. in Rio will be determined this week at 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials II, said the release. 

The men’s pair final takes place Wednesday, June 22, in West Windsor, N.J. who lives in New York City is affiliated with the USRowing Training Center in Princeton, N.J., according to the announcement.

Cole is a graduate of Yale and Oxford. He lives in New York City and is affiliated with the USRowing Training Center in Princeton, N.J. 

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