Nick LaCava's golden dream is still alive.
LaCava, a 25-year-old resident who's a member of the United States , and his three teammates finished first ahead of Italy and the Czech Republic after a disappointing original heat Saturday, Westport-News reports.
The U.S. team will race again today in the semifinals, with the final race scheduled for Thursday.
LaCava recently sat down with HooplaHa and spoke about his journey to the Olympics.
"When I first started rowing, the Olympics were never something I thought about," he said. "I wasn’t very good, and it was more of just a fun sport for me."
Over time, LaCava's skills improved. For rowing, he likened the Olympics to baseball's World Series and football's Super Bowl. He wanted a chance to compete on the sport's biggest stage.
LaCava said he was one of eight finalists to make the four spots on the Olympic team.
"Making the team was extremely difficult," he said. "Anyone could have made those four spots."
LaCava was ecstatic when he learned his made the team and qualified for the Olympics.
"It was a great feeling," he said. "I feel lucky that I’ve made it this far and lucky that I have good teammates and a lot of people to support me to get me where I am."
LaCava, who attended Weston schools through eighth grade, rows alongside William Newell, Anthony Fahden and Robin Prendes.