Susan Francia Going for the Gold

June 11, 2012, 5:44 p.m. (ET)

Zsuzsanna (Susan) Francia
Height: 6-2
Weight: 175
Birthplace: Szeged, Hungary
Hometown: Abington, Pa.
Residence: Princeton, N.J. 
High School: Abington Senior High School
Undergraduate Education: University of Pennsylvania, 2004
Graduate Education: University of Pennsylvania, 2004
Began Rowing: 2001
Club Affiliation: USRowing Training Center
Training Location: Princeton, N.J. 
Current Coaches: Tom Terhaar
Years on National Team: Three - 2005-07, Senior
Event (s): Sweep

Facts of Interest:
Susan was a Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Division I All-American at the University of Pennsylvania in 2004. She enjoys swimming and grilling (though not at the same time). Susan speaks Hungarian. She lists her most memorable moment in sports as the 2007 FISA World Cup race in Linz, Austria, when she got bronze in the pair after sprinting from fifth place to third, beating the 2006 World Champions. Susan attributes her work ethic and perseverance to her parents. She enjoys hip hop and hard rock music. Her favorite sport to watch is track and field, and she used to watch Formula One auto racing on Eurosport with her grandmother in Hungary. Susan lists her hobbies as watching movies, spending time online, reading news and catching up with friends on Facebook. Her favorite movies include "The Big Lebowski," "American Psycho" and "Scarface." She also likes Dave Chappelle's television show. Susan enjoys Runner's World magazine and hopes to run the New York City Marathon and the Philadelphia Distance Run after the 2008 Olympic Games. She also has a dream of being a NIKE model.

International Results:
2008 Olympic Games, Beijing, China, Women's Eight, 1st
2008, FISA World Cup - Munich, Women's Pair, 6th
2007, FISA World Championships, Women's Eight, 1st
2007, FISA World Cup - Lucerne, Women's Eight, 1st      
2007, FISA World Cup - Linz, Women's Pair, 3rd 
2006, FISA World Championships, Women's Eight, 1st
2006, FISA World Championships, Women's Double Sculls, 12th
2006, FISA World Cup - Lucerne, Women's Double Sculls, 7th
2005, Henley Royal Regatta, Remenham Cup (Women's Eight), 1st
2006, FISA World Cup - Munich, Women's Double Sculls, 8th
2005, FISA World Championships, Women's Eight, 4th
2005     FISA World Cup - Munich, Women's Eight, 3rd

National Results:
2007, Head of the Charles, Women's Eight, 1st 
2007, U.S. National Championships, Women's Eight 1st
2007, U.S. National Championships, Women's Pair, 3rd
2006, Fall Speed Order, Women's Single ,3rd 
2006, Head of the Charles, Women's Championship Eight, 1st 
2006, National Selection Regatta #2, Women's Double Sculls, 1st 
2005, Fall Speed Order, Women's Pair, 1st 
2005, Head of the Charles, Women's Championship Eight, 1st 
2004, Head of the Charles, Women's Four with Coxswain, 2nd

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