Rowing provided a place to go, a community where people cared about what I did and what I achieved.
I am thrilled yet overwhelmed. There are so many great women athletes, some incredible performances.
I think what it takes to succeed remains the same. You have to have a real love of your sport to carry you through all the bad times, you still want to go ski even when things aren't working. You must have a commitment to work hard and to never give up.