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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Britain may rule the waves on Rios choppy rowing course, but the nations dominance of yet another Olympic regatta has been built on tales of sacrifice and the power of mental strength over physical pain. Tarell Basham Jersey .Following Fridays pair of golds, Great Britain would claim another brace of medals in the space of half an hour on the final day of racing at Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas.First the womens eight won silver -- their first ever medal in that class -- before their male counterparts led from start to finish to win their first gold since 2000. It was a ruthless display of British power with those two medals sitting alongside the other three GB have won on these Brazilian waves.For four of the womens eight, plus cox Zoe de Toledo, it was their first Olympics. At the other end of the experience scale was Frances Houghton, appearing in her fifth Games. She will be the self-appointed steward for celebrations Saturday night, and her medal -- which sits alongside silvers in 2004 and 2008 -- capped a remarkable sporting journey.Ive got so many memories I am really proud of, Houghton said. This time I am so proud of my crew. Im really proud of what we put together as nine girls.Im so proud of all the girls since 1997. Our first medal in the world championships in the eight was 1997 and so many girls have put into what you saw today. I am really proud. I am so lucky and privileged to have this experience in a sport I love.Standing in the crowd and willing her on were her mother and fiancee, carrying the flag her late father Robin took to Frances races.With my dad passing away during the racing season in May, it was really hard, Houghton said. But it was also something that gave me great strength. He really helped me get through the hard times in rowing. And we were really under pressure, and there were lots of trials going on at the time.But it made me know for sure that I wanted to be rowing. I could have walked away from it and said, No, this is more important. But he really wanted me to be rowing.He passed away maybe six days before I was selected for the fifth Games. I think he knew that I had done enough. The girls have just been incredible. When I was rowing, it was just all about rowing and I was so lucky to have the rowing to get me through that, and my dad to get me through the rowing.As the women went about their post-race media duties, some cried, some let out their emotion through screams and shouts of celebrations, and all embraced. Then the mens eight stormed to victory behind them on the Lagoa.Cue an immediate return to scenes of British pride and celebration, rivaling the patriotic outpourings of the Last Night of the Proms.But there was no pomp and circumstance about the way the men executed their race. They ignored the opposition and focused on the job in hand, their collective thousand-mile stare married with the agonizing pain engulfing their bodies.Afterwards the rowers struggled to relay their emotions. It was too fresh, but there was a clarity behind their message: This was an effort built on sacrifice, focus and teamwork.The fact that weve done it three years on the trot in the world championships meant we were there to be shot down, Will Satch said. And having the confidence to go out there and do it over and over again -- we havent had the best year, but that was the strongest eight we could have put out.Its awesome, heroic.Rio was Pete Reeds third Olympic gold, following on from triumphs in the coxswainless four at 2008 and 2012. He was reluctant to compare one to another -- unsure whether he will continue to Tokyo 2020 -- but as he weighed up the sacrifices made, it felt like a stream of consciousness as his achievement sunk in.Ive been sacrificing things for a very long time, he said Ive sacrificed my career in the navy, Ive sacrificed relationships, time with family, my dogs and seeing my friends. Im so sorry to my friends for not seeing them enough and Im so sorry to my family to for not seeing them enough. But you ask yourself -- is it worth it?Thats what I had to go through in the middle of this Olympiad. I won in London ... What did I have to prove? Who did I have to prove it to? But you go through these tough times and with the help of [coach] Jurgen [Grobler], Hodgey [Andrew Triggs Hodge] and the crews support.But above all the personal stories, incredible tales of bravery, sacrifice and determination, there was a clear message to the watching public. Britains incredible power in the rowing, despite some disappointments on the water earlier in the week, is still there.And the general hope is that others will have seen this and will want to become the next Grainger, Thornley, Stanning, Glover, Sbihi, Louloudis, Gregory, Nash, Greves, Wilson, Houghton, Swann, Eddie, Carnegie-Brown, Bennett, Lee, De Toledo, Bennett, Durant, Gotrel, Triggs Hodge, Langridge, Ransley, Reed, Satch and Hill.Its times like these that you just think you could do this forever, Reed said. This is the greatest sport, its the greatest feeling. Even the sacrifices are worth it. When you think its too much, when you think you cant do anymore.Those youngsters out there today watching Hodgey, watching me, watching Katherine two days ago, Helen and Heather, and whoever they look up to in the British team -- they will be going through as well.[Theyll think] Blisters hurt, I cant do this for studying, I cant do this because of a job --but just find your inner strength, find time to balance everything because its the greatest sport in the world. Malik Hooker Jersey .C. - The Carolina Hurricanes have placed backup goalie Anton Khudobin on injured reserve with an unspecified lower-body injury. Pierre Desir Jersey . Brandon Morrow allowed five runs on six hits over three innings. He struck out two, walked one and hit a batter. Edwin Encarnacion had a two-out, bases loaded two-RBI double in the third inning. http://www.coltsfansshop.com/Colts-Le-Raven-Clark-Draft-Jersey/ . With the short-handed Warriors needing help from someone -- anyone -- to stop a three-game skid, ONeal returned from right knee and groin injuries that had sidelined him for four games and put up season highs with 18 points and eight rebounds. It was just enough to help lift Golden State to a 102-101 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night.LONDON -- Richard Carrion of Puerto Rico entered the IOC presidential race Wednesday, promising to use his business experience to guide the Olympics through the worlds troubled financial times and proposing to deploy IOC staff permanently in host cities to help organize the games. The 60-year-old Carrion, a banking executive who chairs the IOC finance commission and has spearheaded multi-billion dollar television rights deals, became the third member to declare as a candidate for the most powerful job in the Olympic movement. "We are at a crossroads," Carrion said in an interview with The Associated Press. "We will have to keep innovating and evolving or else well become less relevant. A lot of change is coming. I think I can manage in that kind of environment." Carrion follows IOC vice-presidents Thomas Bach of Germany and Ng Ser Miang of Singapore in formally announcing bids to succeed Jacques Rogge, who steps down in September after 12 years as head of the International Olympic Committee. C.K. Wu of Taiwan, head of the international amateur boxing association, is due to announce his candidacy on Thursday. Former pole vaulter Sergei Bubka of Ukraine is expected to follow soon, and Denis Oswald of Switzerland is also likely to run and complete a six-man field. The election will be held on Sept. 10 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Carrion sent a letter to all IOC members Wednesday announcing his presidential bid, along with a 14-page document laying out his platform and heralding the arrival of a "Great Olympic Era." He proposes raising the age limit for IOC members, which is currently 70. "I have been in positions where I have manoeuvred in difficult periods and I have helped safeguard the position and financial standing of the IOC as well as the revenue of the IOC," Carrion said in a telephone interview. "I have managed large complex organizations all my professional life. In difficult periods, in time of upheaval, I have done that successfully." Carrion, an IOC member since 1990, served on the policy-making executive board from 2004-12. He has been chairman of the finance commission since 2002 and the audit commission since 2006. He serves on the co-ordination commission for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Carrion is also chairman and CEO of Popular Inc., the financial services company which operates Banco Popular and other banks in Puerto Rico and the U.S. He is a member of the board of directors of Verizon and a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. As the head of TV rights negotiations for regions outside of Europe, Carrion helped raise more than $8 billion in revenues. He led the negotiations that secured a record $4.38 billion deal with NBC for U.S. TV rights through 2020. He has also overseen the growth in the IOCs financial reserves over the past 10 years from $100 million to $900 million. While his financial credentials are important, the job requires more than a top money man and needs someone passionate about the Olympic values and ideals, Carrion said. "This is an organization based on values," he said. "I am a person that is very muuch attuned to financial trends but I recognize very deeply the moment we forget our values, it doesnt matter how many TV contracts you have, it doesnt matter how much money is in the bank. Andrew Luck Jersey. quot; Carrion said the IOC is in a strong overall position but must take action to deal with potential risks and challenges, including the financial downturn, doping, match-fixing, youth obesity and threat of natural disasters. "Nobody was predicting the financial crisis weve been going though the past five years," he said. "Its the things that you dont know about that you have to have the leadership in place to manoeuvr through that environment." Carrion proposes "insourcing" or bringing more functions directly under IOC control, as the committee has done in recent years with marketing and the Olympic Broadcasting Services. He specifically recommends putting permanent IOC management teams in place in host cities. "We can probably do a lot more of the organizing functions with a small dedicated cadre of people that would be on site continuously and start looking at which functions we can do more efficiently and not having to reinvent the wheel," Carrion said. "We probably have to go a little further and have people on the ground that have had experience generating budgets." Carrion said an IOC permanent presence would be useful in Rio, which has been facing delays and challenges in preparing for the 2016 Games. As a member of the co-ordination panel for Rio, chaired by Moroccos Nawal El Moutawakel, he has seen the problems up close. "There are games that are better prepared and games that give us a little more trouble," he said. "I think in the co-ordination commission of Rio, Nawal has spoken directly to the president of Brazil and to the mayor. We told them of certain concerns. Theyre aware of it. "Its something we will have to be on top of. I know the president (Rogge) has also made them aware. Weve seen these types of situations in the past. It requires constant monitoring." On other issues, Carrion said it was time to review some of the reforms that were enacted in 2000 in the wake of the Salt Lake City bribery scandal, including the imposed age limit of 70 for IOC members. He suggests 75 would be a more appropriate retirement age. "Its now 13 years later, its time we look again at all of those things we passed," he said. "Its time we took a good hard look at them and review what their impact has been. Is there something we want to change? Perhaps it turns out to be a few tweaks here and there or perhaps its something more profound." Carrion said its time to develop a new system for distributing Olympic revenues among the IOC, sports federations, national Olympic committees and other bodies. "Its going to be difficult to continue increasing the revenues at the same rate for the next 10 years as we did for the past 10 years," he said. "We need to see if we can develop new sources of revenues. 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