Alie Rusher is not simply hoping to observe in her dad and mom’ footsteps, she’s hoping to go one step additional.
The daughter of two Olympians, Rusher knew early on what the Olympic dream was.
“It is humorous, I at all times thought after I was little you simply type of determined,” Rusher, who has ties to each Glenview, Illinois and West Bend, Wisconsin, stated. “You realize, you are requested what do you need to be while you develop up and I used to be like, ‘I need to be a physician and I need to be an Olympian, and I simply type of thought that in the event you simply wished to be an Olympian you can do it.”
Rusher’s mom, Cindy, was a nationwide champion in 1984 and rowed in each the 1988 and 1992 Olympics, incomes a silver medal within the ladies’s 4 in 1992. Her father is a member of the Harvard Corridor of Fame and was a three-time collegiate nationwide champion in addition to a two-time Olympic rower, incomes bronze in 1988 and1992.
To say rowing has since turn out to be a household affair would not fairly do it justice.
Rusher, her sister and her brother have all excelled within the sport, competing at excessive ranges, together with collectively as Rusher and sister each rowed as teammates at Stanford College.
However even with a household of rowers and Olympians for folks, Rusher did not at all times know rowing can be her sport. In spite of everything, she performed volleyball and hockey within the winters and even did Nordic snowboarding. For a time, she thought volleyball was it.
“I actually beloved [volleyball],” she stated. “However as I acquired into the journey leagues it simply appeared actually political and actually, you realize, you’ll be able to win primarily based on expertise in volleyball – no less than at no matter degree I used to be at – and that kind of annoyed me as a result of I simply wished to work actually exhausting and get there.”
So in highschool, her mother launched her to rowing and the remaining was historical past.
“I feel after I took my first few rowing strokes I type of knew that was the game for me,” she stated.
Now, after loads of exhausting work that her youthful self may by no means have anticipated, Rusher goes for the one factor nobody in her household has achieved but – a gold medal.
“I really feel like I am going into this with the whole lot to achieve and neither of [my parents] gained a gold medal so I really feel like that is… we have at all times joked about like finishing the gathering,” she stated.
Her Olympic expertise will not fairly be the identical as her dad and mom, nonetheless.
“I’d positively choose to have my dad and mom there and all my supporters,” Rusher stated. “My mother really simply confirmed me a video from her silver medal race within the ’92 Olympics and her dad videotaped it and you may hear him describing the race and cheering for her via the end line and his voice type of breaks and I really feel like I did not understand how a lot I’d miss having my household there till I noticed what it was like from my grandparents’ perspective after they watched her race.”
However her household will nonetheless be watching as they cross the Olympic torch to Rusher.
“I feel they’re organizing an enormous watch celebration,” Rusher stated. “I’ve a ton of household round Wisconsin, which is the place my dad and mom dwell and I’d guess that there are going to be like 50 to perhaps 100 individuals which might be all watching collectively,” she stated.