by Helen Tompkins
Gevvie Stone, who introduced herself as Doctor Stone for the first time recently, works as a research assistant at Tufts Medical Center while training for the 2016 Rio Olympics. After a successful 2012 campaign where she placed 7th at the London Olympics, her goal is to medal in Rio.
For Gevvie Stone, rowing and keeping a busy scheduled all started at The Winsor School in Boston, where she competed in sports every season. In addition to rowing, she swam, played soccer, hockey, and lacrosse. On top of that, she was committed to volunteer work, voice lessons, and the rigorous academics that are typical of Winsor. Gevvie learned to thrive in a time intensive environment.
“If I’m not busy, I get lazy and don’t appreciate time,” said Stone.
At Princeton University, Gevvie continued to do all the things she loved without hitting her limits. She volunteered at the local children’s library, church, and hospital while competing in Princeton’s women’s varsity Eight. Her crew won NCAAs in 2006, and Gevvie won gold in 2007 and 2008 at the U-23 World Championships, first in the Eight and then in the Quad.
After college, Gevvie trained with the national team but did not make a boat for the Beijing Olympics. She started Medical school at Tuffs University and considered hanging up her oars. However, Gevvie found that since class got out at four, there was no reason not to go to the boathouse to row. She had plenty of time after training to study.
“There isn’t anything I gave up that I look back on as sacrifice,” said Stone.
Both Gevvie’s parents, Gregg and Lisa Stone, have rowed for the United States. Lisa coached Gevvie’s high school team. When Gevvie moved back to Boston in 2008, her father Gregg started coaching her.
“If I continue to represent the United States in the single, he is hired!” she said.
Though Gevvie loves every boat class, her current passion is the single. To Gevvie, this is because in the single she can make up for the relative lack of power with endurance, technique, and mental strength.
Gevvie won the National Selection Regatta in 2010 and decided to go after the Olympics. She took a break from med school and trained full time. She qualified for the London Olympics and with her dad as her coach, she placed 7th overall.
“Crossing the line first in the B-final was a lot of fun,” said Stone. “I had the best race I was capable of at the time.”
Gevvie considers the solitary nature of rowing the single her largest challenge. To help her along, Gevvie receives tremendous support from the Boston rowing community. She is able to do pieces with Riverside, Radcliffe, or Cambridge. This January, Gevvie went to Ireland to row with the Irish National Team.
In 2014, Gevvie finished 9th at the World Championships. Gevvie aspires to return to the Olympics and take home a medal.
- 9th– 2014 World Rowing Championships, W1x
- 7th– 2012 London Olympics, W1x
- 11th – 2011 World Championships, W1x
- 1st – 2007 U-23 World Championships, 4x
- 1st – 2006 U-23 World Championships, 8+