By Michael Boriero
Local Journalism Initiative
Gavin McKay was sitting on the edge of his seat Sunday evening, as he watched one of his former Aviron Knowlton athletes, Gabrielle Smith, book a spot in the final of the women’s double sculls event in Tokyo.
“I was watching, and I was glued to the television. Everything that goes on there, you feel tingles on the back of your neck. You’ve got your heart up in your throat, it’s pretty exciting. I just wish my cheers would pass through the television to Tokyo,” said McKay.
Smith and her teammate Jessica Sevick will compete for gold at 8:18 p.m. Tuesday evening, according to McKay. The 46-year-old told The Record that it was an unforgettable moment, and he knew that if anyone could handle the pressure, it was Smith and Sevick.
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