BRATTLEBORO — Tessa Gobbo, who grew up in Chesterfield, N.H., has made the US Olympic rowing team and will be competing in the elite women's eight boat in Rio.
Gobbo started rowing in 2006 while attending Northfield Mount Hermon in Massachusetts and later rowed for Brown University. She won gold in the eight at the 2016 World Rowing Cup 2, the 2015 World Rowing Championships and the 2015 World Rowing Cup 2.
The 6-1 redhead will be teamed up with Katelin Snyder, Amanda Elmore, Eleanor Logan, Meghan Musnicki, Lauren Schmetterling, Emily Regan, Kerry Simmonds and Amanda Polk. The women's eight teams will compete in Rio on Aug. 8 at 9:30 a.m. (Heats), Aug. 10 at 8:50 a.m. (Repechages), and Aug. 13 at 10:04 a.m. (Finals).
The United States is heavily favored after capturing the last two Olympic gold medals. The US women's eight has won the last 10 world championship and Olympic races combined.
Britain and New Zealand are expected to reach the podium as well. Those teams were fastest during the second half of the World Rowing Cup 2 race in May, but failed to catch the red, white and blue.