Kathy Keeler, who won an Olympic Gold Medal at the 1984 LA Olympics as part of a women’s eight boat and has been a member of four U.S. National Rowing teams, reflects on the 45th running of the Head of the Charles this past weekend. Some 8,000 rowers competed in 56 events and more than 300,000 gathered to watch from the banks and bridges along the Charles River between Boston and Cambridge.
By Kathy Keeler
For me the Head is about celebrating the sport of rowing. You see rowing from both ends of the spectrum – from high school rowers in perhaps their first year of rowing to World Class rowers and even those who have been at it for over 50 years competing just to be here again.
Maybe it’s because I have been around for so long (my first Head of the Charles was 1974)