Sticking their oars in to supreme effect
The 2008 Olympic rowing competition has reached its climax over the past two days with a total of 14 gold medals awarded - eight to the men and six to the women.
Most decorated rower
Looking back to the Olympic history of rowing, seven was the magic number as far as Romania’s Elisabeta Lipa was concerned. The most decorated of all Olympic rowers, Lipa won seven medals in total at five different Olympic Games, with at least one medal at each Games. In 2000 in Sydney, Lipa, who made her living working for the Romanian equivalent of the CIA, became the oldest oarswoman to win a gold medal in the eight with coxswain event at the Games.