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Head of Oklahoma regatta: U.S. gold medalists lived up to expectations

Caryn Davies, Esther Lofgren sign autographs, talk about experience in Olympics
by Ed Godfrey Modified: September 30, 2012 at 7:27 pm •  Published: September 30, 2012

“Being a part of this crew the last few years has been really, really special. It was definitely very, very memorable. I don't think it cannot be.”

London was Davies' final time in the Olympic Games. A third-year law student at Columbia University, Davies has achieved her Olympic dream and will not attempt to make the U.S. women's eight crew for a fourth consecutive time in 2016.

“I am going to get a job and start earning some money and move on with life,” Davies said. “I am tired of being poor. Rowing is not a very high-profile sport so we can't pull in the million dollar sponsors like somebody like Michael Phelps can.

“I'm 30 now. I think it is time to have my own place and have a job and maybe start a family.”

Lofgren, 27, is undecided on whether to go for gold again in 2016.

“I need to get a real job for a little bit,” she said. “There is a lot of other life outside of rowing. I haven't made up my mind. I am leaving the door open.”