The twice-canceled Olympic rowing competition got going again Thursday as the weather in Rio finally settled down, and the women’s pair semifinal heats were the first order of business. Americans Grace Luczak and Felice Mueller were ready, recording the second-fastest time of the day and qualifying for Friday’s gold medal race, where they’ll look to take down Britain’s Helen Glover and Heather Stanning, the defending Olympic gold medalists in the event and by all accounts the heavy favorites.
Luczak was propelled to Rio by her lime-green Ford Fiesta. It features a “KERM1T” license plate and, naturally, has its own Twitter account because she really, really likes Kermit the Frog.
“I love Kermit the frog and it shows with my daily transport to and from practice – my Ford Fiesta – in lime green with personalized plates from Michigan that say ‘KERM1T’. And Kermit is usually decorated for different holidays. For Christmas, Easter, Halloween and my favorite the Fourth of July, red, white and blue all summer,” Luczak told NBCOlympics earlier this month. “Kermit is just great. He makes everyone smile, I have my own Twitter [handle] for Kermit the car, @KermitCarUSA – where I take pictures of my car for different holidays. It’s just for fun and I love it.”
And just like it’s not easy being green, it’s not easy winning gold: U.S. women’s pair rowers haven’t had much Olympic success, with only a 2000 bronze medal to speak of. Kermit-crazy Luczak and Mueller will hope to change that Friday at around 10 a.m. EDT.