Mike Gennaro

March 6, 2013 - 3:06pm
While his sister faced a heroin addiction, former Syracuse rower MIke Gennaro trained furiously for the London 2012 Olympics. Today, he's preparing for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Two end slices of a loaf of bread and one egg for breakfast. Syracuse University alum Mike Gennaro stared into an Oklahoman fridge that doesn’t belong to him, frowning. He can barely pay for the food.

Gennaro’s four-year road to row in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro isn’t a road. It’s just the way he walks on a shoestring $400-per-month stipend. His house is in his backpack. He trains in his old Syracuse shorts. It isn’t ideal. It isn’t even appealing. It's a sacrifice.

But he takes it.