Newton Rower Celebrates Final Olympic Run With Silver Medal


THE GOOD NEWS, THEY HAVE IDENTIFIED THE PROBLEM. PRACTICE IS ON, AND PLAYERS AND COACHES ARE ALL BACK ON THE FIELD. NEW AT 11:00, A SPECIAL HOMECOMING FOR A LOCAL OLYMPIC ATHLETE. HER TRAINING ON THE CHARLES RIVER HELPED BRING HOME A SILVER MEDAL FOR HER, THE PERFECT ENDING TO HER OLYMPIC CAREER. AND NOW SHE’S LOOKING TOWARD THE FUTURE. JULIE LONCICH IS LIVE WITH THE STORY TONIGHT IN CAMBRIDGE. REPORTER: STONE GOT BETTER FASTER AS SHE GOT OLDER, BUT EVEN DEBBIE ADMITS SHE DIDN’T GET MUCH SLEEP THE NIGHT BEFORE THE GAMES. IT’S BEEN GREAT THE LAST EIGHT YEARS. IT CAN’T BE BETTER. REPORTER: DEBBIE STONE SPENT SO MUCH OF HER LIFE IN THIS BOAT HOUSE, IN THIS BOAT, ON THIS RIVER IN THE HOPES THAT MAYBE, ONE DAY SHE’D SPEND A FEW MINUTES UP HERE. STEPPING ONTO THE PODIUM WAS UNIMAGINABLE. YES, YOU IMAGINE IT, BUT IT’S REALLY A DREAM COME TRUE. REPORTER: IN HER SECOND OLYMPIC GAMES THIS NEWTON NATIVE SURPASSED EVEN WHAT SHE THOUGHT POSSIBLE. EARNINGS A SILVER MEDAL, BUT GETTING THERE, EVEN THE DAY OF WAS AS MUCH A MENTAL GAME AS A PHYSICAL FEAT. I WAS VERY NERVOUS, COULDN’T SLEEP OR EAT BREAKFAST, FEELING HORRIBLE, AND I GOT AN E-MAIL FROM A GUY YOU TRAIN WITH, AND HE SAID THIS RACE IS FOR YOU, WE’RE PROUD NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS. REPORTER: THE 7 MINUTES AND 22 SECONDS WERE PERHAPS THE MOST IMPORTANT OF HER CAREER. I’M NOT ONE FOR BIG CELEBRATIONS IN THE BOAT, BUT I KNOW I HAD A HUGE GRIN ON MY FACE. I FELT ON TOP OF THE WORLD. REPORTER: BUT AT 31 YEARS OLD, RIO WAS STONE’S LAST OLYMPIC GAMES, BECAUSE SHE’S ALSO A DOCTOR, AND RESIDENCY IS HER NEXT SUMMIT. I’LL NEVER WALK AWAY FROM IT COMPLETELY. MAYBE BE A TEAM DOCTOR ONE DAY. REPORTER: SHE’LL COMPETE ONE

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