RACICE, Czech Republic – Competition at the 2018 World Rowing Junior Championships began yesterday, as Duke rowing incoming freshman Olivia Von Stauffenberg is competing on the international stage. The five-day event is taking place in Racice, Czech Republic and will conclude on August 12.
Von Stauffenberg, a product of London, England, earned a spot on the Great Britain national team and is participating in the Junior Women’s Double Sculls (JW2X), which began Thursday morning. The boat class has three heats, with the winner of each heat advancing directly to the semifinals. Von Stauffenberg and the Great Britain national team will return to action Friday to race in the repechange, with the top two finishers of the race moving on to the A/B semifinal.
Von Stauffenberg joins 15 incoming Blue Devils from successful international rowing clubs. Recently in 2018 she notched gold and is the current record holder at the Latymer Upper School Head of the River Race and placed second at the National Schools Regatta in the girl’s championship quad. In 2017, Von Stauffenberg captured third place at the same event and was pre-qualified and seeded for the Diamond Jubilee at the 2017 Henley Royal Regatta.
Live audio commentary and a live race tracker will be available for all races on www.worldrowing.com. Start list, schedule, results, news photos, live blog and quotes from athletes can also be found at the aforementioned link.