By Paul D. Bowker | June 01, 2018, 12:01 a.m. (ET)
Mary Nabel and Emily Schmieg compete in the women's lightweight double sculls final at National Selection Regatta II on May 19, 2018 in West Windsor, N.J.

 

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The world cup season begins this week for Mary (Jones) Nabel, the gold medalist in women’s lightweight single sculls at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games, and Emily Schmieg, a bronze medalist in lightweight double sculls at the 2017 world championships.

Nabel and Schmieg, rowing together in the lightweight double sculls, are among six Americans seeking podium finishes in the first world cup regatta of the season in Belgrade, Serbia. Competition runs Friday through Sunday.

Joining Nabel and Schmieg in their event is the team of Christine Cavallo and Hillary Saeger.

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Kara Kohler, a bronze medalist at the Olympic Games London 2012 in quadruple sculls, is competing in women’s single sculls, and John Graves is rowing in men’s singles. They were winners of the first USRowing National Selection Regatta in April.

More than 500 athletes are competing in this weekend’s season opener. World Cup II begins June 21 in Linz Ottensheim, Austria.

TV: 4:30 a.m. ET Sunday, Olympic Channel

Paul D. Bowker is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.