Pittsford Welcomes Back Hometown Olympian
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"This is where it all started."
Lock 32 on Clover Street in Pittsford is where Henrik Rummel's Olympic journey began.
"This is a really picturesque great place to train. I had a lot of fun here."
Rummel, a 2005 graduate of Pittsford Mendon High School, joined Pittsford Crew when he was 14. The following year, he went to his first National Camp.
"Through all the pressure and everything, you’ve got to have fun, you’ve got to keep trying to enjoy it."
In July, Rummel took home the bronze medal for the men's four rowing event at the London Olympics. He and his three teammates had been training in the boat together for five months.
The last time the U.S. won a medal in the four man rowing event was at the 1992 Barcelona Games.
“At first, I was a little disappointed that we didn't win or get silver, but after I thought about it a little longer, you know, I'm proud of it and it's a great achievement and I think it's something that I'm going to cherish."
Thursday was named Henrik Rummel Day in Pittsford. Local dignitaries were on hand to greet Rummel and present special proclamations. Young rowers were there to learn more about their sport from an Olympian.
"It's a lot of motivation, I think to do a lot better and just set the stakes higher and it's nice to be able to know what his mindset is and to kind of change it a little bit and to know how an Olympian thinks," said Sarah Williams of Pittsford.
"It's really cool to hold like a medal like that cause like only a couple of people in the world get to do that,” said Freddie Sarkis, also of Pittsford.
Rummel says his sacrifice and years of dedication has paid off, but more work lies ahead as he sets his sights on competing in Rio four years from now.
"I want to try to get some experience under my belt, and still be able to train, and hopefully win in four years,” he said.