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A Paralympic rower from Oakland making waves beyond the water

09 Jun, 2024

A Paralympic rower from Oakland making waves beyond the water

BCNM's own Raphael Cohen spotlights Charley Nordin's journey for KALW's Crosscurrents in the audio story "A Paralympic rower from Oakland making waves beyond the water." Listen to this powerful piece on their site!

From the story:

Ask any sports fan from Oakland which homegrown athletes best exemplify the Town’s rebel spirit, and you’re almost sure to hear the names of several revered legends from the hardwood, diamond, or gridiron: Bill Russell, the late hoops great and civil rights hero; Rickey Henderson, the A’s “Man of Steal,” a baseball titan with a trickster’s flair; or Marshawn Lynch, AKA “Beast Mode,” the recently retired running back, as known for being “’bout that action” on the football field, as for his style, swagger, and efforts to elevate his hometown.

What you certainly won’t hear referenced is the unrenowned sport of rowing.

But Bay Area native Charley Nordin, who happened on the oars by accident, is steadily making a name for himself, both on and off the water.