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Ursula Grobler (born 6 February 1980) is a South African competitive rower who resides in Pretoria, South Africa.[1]

Ursula Grobler
Personal information
NationalitySouth African
Born (1980-02-06) 6 February 1980 (age 39)[1]
Height173 cm (5 ft 8 in)[1]
Weight60 kg (132 lb)[1]
Sport
SportRowing

BiographyEdit

Grobler was born in 1980 in Pretoria, South Africa.[2] Until the end of the 2012 rowing season, she competed for the United States and lived in Seattle.[3] Since the 2013 rowing season, she has competed for South Africa.[4]

Rowing for the USAEdit

In 2009, she won the open women's event in Head of the Charles. She won a gold medal at the 2010 World Rowing Cup I at Bled in Slovenia in the lightweight women's double sculls with Abelyn Broughton. She won a silver medal at the 2010 World Rowing Championships at Lake Karapiro in New Zealand with the lightweight women's quadruple sculls of the United States, alongside Victoria Burke, Kristin Hedstrom, and Abelyn Broughton.[5]

Rowing for South AfricaEdit

Since coming back to South Africa, she won a bronze medal in the Lightweight Women's Single scull in Luzern, Switzerland in 2013. With teammate Kirsten McCann, she finished 4th in the World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam in 2014 and won the bronze medal in the World Rowing Championships in 2015 in Aiguebelette, France. This made them the first women's crew to medal for South Africa in a World Rowing Championships. This position also qualified them for the Rio Olympic Games.

Grobler competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, in the women's lightweight double sculls,[6] where she was the oldest member of the South African rowing team.[7] She and teammate Kirsten McCann finished in fifth place.[8]

She is the current World Record Holder for Lightweight Women on the Concept 2 Indoor Rower.[citation needed]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Ursula Grobler". International Rowing Federation. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  2. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Ursula Grobler". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  3. ^ "(LW1x) Lightweight Women's Single Sculls – Final". International Rowing Federation. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  4. ^ "(LW1x) Lightweight Women's Single Sculls – Final". International Rowing Federation. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  5. ^ "(LW4x) Lightweight Women's Quadruple Sculls – Final". International Rowing Federation. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  6. ^ "Ursula Grobler". rio2016.com. Archived from the original on 6 August 2016. Retrieved 11 August 2016. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  7. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "South Africa Rowing at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  8. ^ "Rio 2016". Rio 2016. Archived from the original on 22 September 2016. Retrieved 30 August 2016. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)