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UPDATE: University Place's Adrienne Martelli Helps U.S. Rowing Secure Olympic Bronze

The Curtis and University of Washington graduate helped the U.S. women rowers finish behind Ukraine and Germany at the London Games. "Proud to be from UP!!" she tells Patch.

ETON DORNEY, ENGLAND-University Place native Adrienne Martelli is officially an Olympic medalist.

The Curtis and University of Washington grad helped the U.S. secure a bronze medal today in the women's quadruple sculls. It's the first for the U.S. rowers.

Martelli helped lead the women to a time of 6 minutes, 40.63 seconds.

First-place finisher Ukraine finished with a time of 6 minutes, 35.93, and Germany placed second at 6 minutes, 38.09. seconds.

Martelli and her teammates - Megan Kalmoe, Kara Kohler and Natalie Dell - captured America's second-ever medal in the event and first since 1984, when they took silver, according to U.S. Rowing.

Hours after her victory, Patch contacted Martelli via our Facebook page to congratulate her, as well as tell her how proud she has made us. Here was her response:

"Thanks Brent!! Proud to be from UP!!"

Simply awesome. Go Adrienne!

Brent Champaco August 01, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Congratulations, Adrienne! You've made University Place so proud!
Christie Anderson August 02, 2012 at 06:07 AM
Fantastic, Adrienne....congratulations!! You have, indeed, made UP proud!
Brent Champaco August 02, 2012 at 07:38 AM
I also have to give a huge shout-out to another Adrian - Nathan Adrian of Bremerton - who captured gold in the men's 100-meter freestyle today. It's a proud night in the birthplace of this Patch editor. Wow. Our region has two Olympic medalists. I'm so proud to be from and live in the South Sound. Who's with me?
Brent Champaco August 02, 2012 at 07:51 AM
I'm watching the replay on NBC right now. The U.S. and Germany were head to head right to the finish. The announcer mentioned how Adrienne was in the stroke position for the first time. And yes, he said, "Adrienne Martelli, from University Place, Washington and the University of Washington."
Mike Venuto August 02, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Adrienne you put University Place on the international Olympic map...what a great effort!

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