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Charley Nordin ’15 Wins Silver At 2018 World Rowing Championships

A member of the PR3 mixed four, Charley Nordin ’15 won a silver medal in the 2018 World Rowing Championships held in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, this month.

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Charley Nordin, who walked onto Gonzaga’s crew team in 2016, is now rowing his way to the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics Games — one stroke at a time.

Competing in the games was never one of Nordin’s original life goals. But then again, neither was becoming a rower.

Before coming to GU, Nordin was an all-league cross country and track star on his way to fulfill Division I dreams as a runner.

That is, until they were abruptly shattered ­— along with three of his lower vertebrae in his lumbar spine in a devastating rope swing accident. Although his dedication to physical therapy got him back on his feet, he was still confronted with the inability to run: a void in his identity he needed to fill. That’s where rowing came in.

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