Before the 2008 Olympics, Esther Lofgren prepared as best she could, trying to fulfill a dream she's had since she was 7.
The announcement came and she soon learned that she missed the U.S. women's eight by one spot. The American rowers went on to win gold at the Beijing Olympics.
However, this time it's Lofgren's turn to attempt to bring home a gold medal from the London Olympics. Lofgren has fulfilled her dream of making it to the Olympics.
Lofgren, a Newport Harbor High alum who competed at Harvard, was named to the U.S. Olympic team for rowing on the women's eight, USRowing announced Friday. She is one of three new rowers to the U.S. Olympic women's eight from the 2008 Olympic U.S. eight.
"It feels really, really exciting!" Lofgren wrote in an email. "This is something I have dreamed of since I was 7 years old, watching the 1992 Barcelona Olympics! It is such a huge honor to be representing the USA at the highest level of our sport. I have trained alongside my teammates for so long for this opportunity, and we are so excited to get out there and race for the USA!"