London 2012: Laurel Korholz, Assistant Coach, USA Women's Rowing

WEST WINDSOR, NJ - JUNE 14: Sarah Zelenka and Sara Hendershot pass Amanda Polk and Jamie Redman as they compete in the Womens 2 final during Day 2 of the 2012 Olympic Rowing Trials on June 14, 2012 at Mercer Lake in West Windsor, New Jersey. Zelenka and Hendershot won the event. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

It's no secret that Cal hosts some of the best student-athletes and coaches in the world. This summer, we profile some of the Cal men and women representing their home countries at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. Today, we look at Laurel Korholz, Assistant Coach of USA Rowing.

As a Golden Bear, Laurel Korholz was an All-Pac-10 selection in 1993 as a senior, graduating soon after with degrees in English and Political Science. A native of La Jolla, CA, she won a silver medal at the 2004 Summer Games in Athens as an athlete in the women's eight. An eleven-time member of the U.S. National Rowing Team, Korholz coached Women's Double for the U.S. at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Korholz will continue to serve USA Rowing as an Assistant Coach in London.

From her USRowing Profile:

Coaching Highlights: Laurel Korholz joined the U.S. coaching staff in April of 2005. Korholz will assist women's head coach Tom Terhaar in the training, recruiting and organization of the U.S. Women's National Team. Her primary responsibilities include the selection and coaching of women's national team crews and camps as assigned by the head coach; assisting in the development program of female athletes; assisting in the development, implementation and budget management of the national training center camps; and assisting in the organization and implementation of domestic and international camps and competitions.

International Results: Won a gold medal in the eight at the 2004 BearingPoint World Cup stop in Lucerne...Won a gold medal in the eight at the 2004 BearingPoint World Cup stop in Munich...Finished sixth in the quadruple sculls at the 2003 FISA World Championships... Won a gold medal in the quadruple sculls at the 2003 BearingPoint World Cup stop in Munich...Finished fourth in the quadruple sculls at the 2003 BearingPoint World Cup stop in Milan...Finished eighth in the double sculls at the 2002 FISA World Championships...Finished fourth in the double sculls at the 2002 FISA World Cup stop in Lucerne...Finished fifth in the quadruple sculls at the 2000 Olympic Games...Won the bronze medal in the quadruple sculls at the 2000 FISA World Cup stop in Lucerne...Finished fourth in the quad at the 1999 FISA World Championships... Finished fourth in the double sculls at the 1998 FISA World Championships...Finished ninth in the quadruple sculls at the 1997 FISA World Championships...Finished fourth in the eight at the 1996 Olympic Games...Won gold medals in the eight at the 1996 Lucerne International Regatta and 1996 Mannheim International Regatta...Won a bronze medal in the eight at the 1996 Essen International Regatta...Won the gold medal in the eight at the 1995 FISA World Championships...Won a silver medal in the eight at the 1994 FISA World Championships...Finished third in the eight (500-meter race) and fourth in the eight (1,000-meter race) at the 1994 Goodwill Games...Served as a spare at the 1993 FISA World Championships.

Personal: Laurel was an 11-time national team member and a three-time Olympian...Laurel began rowing at the age of 20 because she did not have the vertical leap to excel at volleyball...She graduated from Berkeley with degrees in English and political science...She enjoys reading, cooking, and writing...Laurel is married.

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