Katherine Johnson (rower)

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Katherine "Kate" Johnson (born December 18, 1978 in Portland , Oregon ) is a former American rower who won an Olympic silver medal in eighth place in 2004.

Athletic career

Katherine Johnson took part in the Junior World Championships in 1995 and 1996 , but did not reach the A-final. At the (unofficial) U23 World Championships , she finished fifth in the double fours in 1997 . In 1998 she won the silver medal in the four without a helmsman , in 1999 she received a bronze medal in the same boat class.

In 2001, the 1.77 m tall Johnson rowed eighth at the 2001 World Championships in the adult class and finished fourth. In 2002, the eighth won the title at the 2002 World Championships in Seville. In 2003 she won the rowing world cup regattas in Milan and Munich with the US eighth . At the 2003 World Championships , the eighth finished fifth.

In 2004, the US eight won the World Cup regattas in Munich and Lucerne. At the Olympic Games in Athens , Katherine Johnson, Samantha Magee , Megan Dirkmaat , Alison Cox , Anna Mickelson , Laurel Korholz , Caryn Davies , Lianne Nelson and helmsman Mary Whipple competed in eighth. The crew won their preliminary run, in the final they crossed the finish line in second place, almost two seconds behind the Romanians and three tenths of a second ahead of the Dutch women.

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