The Philadelphia Gold Challenge Cup
Men's Gold Cup Challenge
Damir Martin, Croatia
Damir Martin is a Croatian rower. He won silver in the 2016 Olympics in a photo-finish race with gold medalist Drysdale. The race was heralded as one of the best rowing competitionsof all time. Can he topple Drysdale at The Gold Cup? Damir is also the current European champion.
Kjetil Borch, Norway
The reigning two-time Gold Cup Champion, Kjetil returns as a freshly minted bronze medalist at the Rio games in the 2X with Olaf Tufte. He is also one half of the winning double sculls team in the 2013 World Rowing Championships, where he and his teammate Nils Jakob Hoff earned the gold medal. Borch also won a 2013 European Championship bronze medal.
Mahé Drysdale, New Zealand
Mahé is the current Olympic champion, winning gold in an unbelievably close race with Croatian rower Damir Martin. This was Mahe’s second Olympic gold in the single sculls, and he is five-time World champion in the event. Mahé is gunning for the Gold Cup title to complete his collection of gold awards!
Martin Sinković, Croatia
Martin Sinković is a Croatian rower. He is the younger brother of rower Valent Sinković, with whom he won the gold medal in Men's double sculls at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. He is the World record holder on indoor rower. 6000m 18:05.7 (1:30.4).
Women's Gold Cup Challenge
Kim Brennan, Australia
Kim is the current female Olympic gold champion in single sculls, two-times Gold Cup winner, and 2012 Olympic Silver Medalist in the double sculls and bronze in the single sculls in London.
Emma Twigg, New Zealand
Emma Twigg competed in the single scull at the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympics. Balancing rowing and graduate school in Europe, Emma returned to New Zealand in time to be selected to compete in the 2016 Rio Olympics, where she finished fourth.
Jeannine Gmelin, Switzerland
Jeannine Gmelin is a Swiss rower that made a great showing in the Rio games, placing 5th overall. She also placed 3rd at the 2016 World Rowing Cup III, behind Gold Cup contenders Kim Brennan and Emma Twigg.
Genevra “Gevvie” Stone, United States
Gevvie Stone, M.D., had a phenomenal race at the Rio games, placing second for the silver medal, with an incredible gain on gold medalist Kim Brennan in the last leg of the race. Stone’s Olympic career ended with this race — although she plans to race the Head of the Charles in October as well as The Gold Cup. Following medical school, Gevvie postponed her residency to train for the Olympics, but she’ll be answering her calling as an orthopedic surgeon in June.