Sport: The Red Rose Crew

They arrived in England for the world championships with an untried boat and a crew that was considered too light, too old and too inexperienced to make any sort of challenge. They were, in fact, favorites for last place. "Let's face it," said one crew member, "we've never beaten anybody." Not until last week, that is. In a series of races that spanned four gray, windy days at Nottingham, the U.S. women's eight finished second, defeating such heavyweights as the Soviet Union and West Germany. After the last race, as the Americans posed for...

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