WNY native and Olympic Gold medalist returns to the area to speak to students


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Western New York native Emily Regan won Olympic gold in rowing back in Rio. Today she spoke to students about her journey and what it took to get there.

Students at the Nichols School also got a chance to see and hold Emily’s gold medal. Regan graduated from Nichols in 2006 and she picked up rowing in college at Michigan State.

Emily says she spent the past 10 years rowing, and she spent six of those years training with the national team. She says she trained with the team 2 to 3 times a day 6 days a week, and did her own workout on the 7th day. Emily says winning the gold during her first time at the Olympics was a dream come true.

“You get flooded with the emotions of everything you’ve been through to get there and then in addition to that you have the excitement of winning it and then you get to see family and just people that you haven’t seen in so long, it makes everything very special. My biggest advice is you don’t have to figure it out now and if you have a dream fight for it and if you’re going to fight for it be willing to put more work in than you think might be necessary,” said Emily Regan, Olympic Gold Medalist.

Emily says she plans to continue training with the national team in January, and hopes to make the team for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

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