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Olympic Rower To Visit Darien Fitness Center

DARIEN, Conn. -- Erin Cafaro, a gold medalist from the Women's 8+ at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, will speak and hold a meet and greet at the Equinox Fitness Center in Darien on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. USRowing and Equinox recently formed a partnership to support the US Olympic team. The fundraiser will support the US Olympic Rowing team, and the suggested donation is $25.

Cafaro, who is vying for a slot on the 2011 National Team and training for London 2012, will talk about her Olympic journey, training, nutrition and how the team is preparing for upcoming international competition. On June 27, Cafaro and her teammates depart to compete in the Royal Henley Regatta outside of London and the World Cup III in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Erin has been an all-star at every level of her rowing career, beginning at the University of California Berkeley, where she won two NCAA Championships. She entered the USRowing system in 2005, winning gold on the U-23 Team. After graduating from Berkeley in 2006, where she received a degree in political science, she earned a full-time position on the U.S. national team. In 2009, following the Olympics, Erin won gold medals in both the Women's 2- and 8+ events at the 2009 World Rowing Championships in Poznan, Poland. This was the first time in USRowing history that the W2- pair won the gold medal in an international championship, much less gold medals in two very challenging Olympic events. She was a gold medalist again in 2010 when she won with the USWomen's 8+ at the World Championships.

Erin and her pair partner, Susan Francia, were awarded 2009 FISA World Crew of the Year for their performances at the World Rowing Championships, as well as being named USA Today's Athletes of the Month. Erin was also awarded the USRowing Female Athlete of the Year award for 2009 by her teammates and coaches on the USRowing National Team.

In support of the partnership, Equinox is offering a free one-week trial memberships and will donate $50 to the USRowing National Team for every person who registers online (enter Activation Code: USROWING) and brings their pass into one of the 25 Equinox Clubs in the New York/Connecticut Metro area. Darien Equinox is located at 72 Heights Road, Darien CT 06820. Call (203) 655-2300. Please RSVP, if you know in advance, to usrowing@equinox.com

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