All three rowers described the Olympics as an amazing experience. The rowing competition was on Dorney Lake in Eton, so the athletes stayed in a satellite village for the first week of the Olympics.
When the races were completed after the first week, the American rowers and paddlers moved into the main Olympic Village in London and spent the rest of the time attending other events.
“I felt like a tourist, a spectator with an all-access pass to the Olympics,” Newell said. “Going to watch other people who are at the pinnacle of their sport compete, it's just incredible on so many levels.”
Peszek hopes it won't be just a once-in-a-lifetime event. He already is making plans for the 2016 Olympic Games.
“I intend to go,” he said. “Four years is a long time. Anything can happen, but I plan on training with that as my long-term goal.
“I am not embarrassed about how we performed (in London), but at the same time when I came back from London, while some people just want to relax and do nothing for a couple of months, I couldn't get wait to get back to training.
“I kind of had the feeling that I just got my butt kicked and I want to be on the other end of it next time.”