Team USA rowers training in Oklahoma City for 2016 Olympics

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OKLAHOMA CITY - We are 92 days from the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Big news for Oklahoma, the USA Road to Rio has toured around the country and stops right in Oklahoma this weekend.

We met a group of four rowers who have qualified for the Olympics and are looking forward to representing Oklahoma and the country.

It's all about teamwork, from putting the boat in the water to rowing in sync.

"Speed and agility and power all combined into one," said Tyler Nase.

Being on the water is a shared passion for the four men.

"You kind of get a little adrenaline rush, and you can feel the boat moving well and it's a really rewarding feeling," King said.

They've been training together for the past four years, gearing up for the Rio Olympic Games in August.

They will race against a dozen other boats, 2000 meters, hoping to beat the world record of 5 minutes and 43 seconds.

"I have three other people counting on me, and one driving thing is I really don't want to let those guys down," Nase said.

Each one of them had to fight for a seat, the competition fierce.

"Very cut throat, very intense I'd say," said Nase.

Competition based on athleticism, rowing technique and working together.

None of the athletes are from Oklahoma but have been living and training in Oklahoma City for the past four years - all of them say they're captured by the people and the training facility at the Boathouse District.

"There's a level of support here that just doesn't exist anywhere else," said Anthony Fahden.

"We have everything from like a high altitude chamber to train to dynamic rowing tanks," said Robin Prendes.

Support the men tell us they're thankful for as they represent Team USA and Oklahoma in the 2016 Olympics.

"Definitely Oklahomans, you're part of this," Prendes said. "I this this dream is just as much a dream to them as it is to us.”

There’s a lot going on this weekend at the Boathouse District from the US Olympic trials in the canoe and kayak category and the opening of Riversport Rapids.


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