Thursday, September 2, 2004

Kings to honor gold-medal grad

By Sue Kiesewetter
Enquirer contributor

DEERFIELD TWP. - Olympic gold medalist Bryan Volpenhein is coming home.

Volpenhein, who was on the USA's eight-man Olympic rowing team, is returning to his alma mater, Kings High School, where he will be honored during halftime at Friday's 7:30 p.m. football game against the Mason High School Comets.

"We want to recognize him and present him with something special at the game," said Matt Koenig, Kings athletic director. "He's in town to visit family. It will be a treat. It's not every day you get to meet a gold medalist."

Tickets are $6 each and can be purchased at school or at the gate at Galbraith Field.

The 1994 Kings graduate played volleyball and soccer while in high school.

In his freshman year at Ohio State University he began rowing. Following four years on the OSU team, Volpenhein joined the national team in 1998, winning a gold medal at the 1998 World Championships in Cologne, Germany.

The team placed fifth in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. In Athens, Volpenhein led the Men's Eight to its first Olympic gold medal in the sport in 40 years. In the qualifying heat, his boat set a world record while holding off the favorite, Canada.


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