US Rowing: Local Rowers Prepare For 2012 London Olympics

WEST WINDSOR, NJ - JUNE 14: Sarah Zelenka and Sara Hendershot celebrate the win of the Womens 2 final during Day 2 of the 2012 Olympic Rowing Trials on June 14, 2012 at Mercer Lake in West Windsor, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The US Rowing team features three local products, all aiming for gold medals in the 2012 London Olympics.

The US Rowing Team is preparing for the 2012 London Olympics and among them will be a trio of local rowers. Rowing for the USA men's eight, DeKalb natives -- and twin brothers -- Ross James and Grant James will be representing the Prairie State. The two brothers are also accomplished marksman in addition to skilled rowers, and were initially walk-ons at the lauded Wisconsin Men's Rowing Team.

Here is a look at the US men's eight, courtesy of USRowing.org:

  • Zach Vlahos (c), 8/19/88, 5’9", 121, Piedmont, Calif., USRowing TC – Chula Vista
  • Grant James (s), 8/17/87, 6’5", 195, DeKalb, Ill.
  • David Banks (7), 8/30/83, 6’2", 192, Potomac, Md.
  • Steve Kasprzyk (6), 2/14/82, 6’7", 215, Cinnaminson, N.J.
  • Jake Cornelius (5), 10/2/84, 6’6", 208, Brooktondale, N.Y.
  • Brett Newlin (4), 3/24/82, 6’9", 225, Riverton, Wyo.
  • Ross James (3), 8/17/87, 6’5", 195, DeKalb, Ill.
  • Will Miller (2), 6/13/84, 6’5", 205, Duxbury, Mass.
  • Giuseppe Lanzone (b), 10/12/82, 6’4", 214, Annandale, Va.

Meanwhile, Itasca, Illinois, native Sarah Zelenka will be rowing stroke for the women's pair, teamed with bow Sara Hendershot. The 6-foot-0 Lake Park High School graduate won the pair competition at the 2012 Olympic Trials and is aiming for a gold medal in London.

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