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Rowbury’s roots helped cultivate Olympic career

July 22, 2012

By Alexis Terrazas, San Francisco Examine

Andy Chan first witnessed it 14 years ago, and has seen it hundreds of times since.

It’s the simple sight of his former student, Shannon Rowbury, jumping up and down two to three times before each and every race. But four years ago at the Beijing Olympics, the spectacle was different.

“I remember being in the Bird’s Nest, and getting kinda teary-eyed and emotional,” said Chan, cross country and track coach at Sacred Heart Cathedral. “That’s sort of her thing, I’ve seen her do it hundreds of times with that Irish uniform on. And here I was watching her do it with the USA jersey on ... in the Olympics.

That’s when I realized that this really was happening.”

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