Alan Wasielewski | August 15, 2016
Amanda Polk, a 2008 Notre Dame graduate and four-time All-American with the Fighting Irish is now an Olympic Champion. Polk was a member of the United States Women's Eight that powered to victory (6:01:49) in the Grand Finale this morning at Lagao Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The victory put the U.S. Women's Eight in rarified air in international competition. The U.S. Rowing Women's Eight has now won 11 consecutive world titles - every world championship and Olympic title since 2006. An analysis of comparable streaks of teams in international competition leads to the 1963-76 Soviet Union hockey team who won 14 consecutive world titles.
"I am extremely happy for Amanda, her family and the whole U.S. team," Notre Dame head rowing coach Martin Stone said.
"It was a superb performance at the pinnacle race of our sport."