A fifth-place finish in the medal round of the women’s rowing competition at the Olympics has left Megan Kalmoe dejected and apologetic.
Kalmoe, a Minneapolis native who helped the U.S. women’s quadruple sculls team win a bronze medal in London in 2012, tweeted she’s “hurting pretty badly” and she feels like she let her team down.
Kalmoe has been one of the more outspoken American Olympians, writing an essay for The Guardian defending Brazil after a rash of negativity about the country’s cleanliness and safety.
“I will row through s— for you, America.
And I will do it gladly, and proudly, because rowing on this team in Rio is not something I’m afraid of, or going to complain about. I will do it, and I will defend fiercely the dignity of the people who are doing their best to make everyone happy while we are all guests in their beautiful country.”
If you want to know more about Kalmoe, read this profile ESPN did on her in May. It’s a deep dive into her life as a world-class athlete who barely makes ends meet.