Olympian Margot Shumway Has Advice: Believe

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Margot Shumway has walked in their shoes. She knows what it is like to be a student-athlete at The Ohio State University. She can relate the euphoria of winning a Big Ten championship and the stark reality of potentially not making the dream. And that is why, Shumway, a letterwinner for the rowing team in 2001 and 2002, felt there was no time like the present to share some advice with the current members of the Buckeye rowing team.

In an hour session, Shumway had some sound suggestions for a team that is seeking its first conference title since 2006. However, one recommendation probably stood out the most - Believe. For Shumway, it has been that simple, yet strong declaration that helped her return to the waters and earn her first trip to the Olympics. Despite injuries and sometimes just not being fit mentally, Shumway routinely returned to that straightforward message.

There also was a question and answer session as the team asked Shumway various questions ranging from how she prepares for a race to how she get involved in rowing.

Background on Margot Shumway (2001-02):

In 2008, Shumway rowed stroke for the women's quadruple sculls in her first Olympic appearance in Beijing, China, and raced in the Rowing World Cup in Lucerne, Switzerland. Recently, Shumway also represented the U.S. in the single scull at the 2009 Senior World Championships in Poznan, Poland.

Shumway began her rowing career at Ohio State as a walk-on to the novice team in 2001. During the spring of 2001, she was promoted to the First Varsity Four at the NCAA championships in Georgia. The following season, Shumway raced in both the First and Second Varsity Eights and was instrumental in helping the 2V8 and the team win their first Big Ten Conference titles.

A number of other firsts, with the assistance of Shumway, occurred during the 2002 campaign. Ohio State achieved its first-ever Top 3 national ranking and the 1V8 became the program's first boat to qualify for the Grand Final of the NCAA championships.