ROWING: 8 LIVE CREW

THE WORLD-CHAMPION U.S. WOMEN'S ROWING OCTET ARE DIFFERENT FOLKS WITH THE SAME STROKE--WHICH MAY BRING THEM OLYMPIC GLORY

At night, some of the Eight confess, they have anxiety dreams. Nothing so obvious as visions of gold medals around the necks of the Romanians or of losing the final by the stroke of an oar. During these tense, pre-Olympic days, what disturbs the sleep of a member of the U.S. women's eight Olympic rowing team is the idea of being late for practice--not missing it, mind you, but merely being a little late--or in some other way letting down her fellow rowers. "I had this dream that I was supposed to bring the inside of the boat to practice," says...

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