Monday, July 23, 2012
Video of the Week: The French Men's Quad Trains for London – Stage Terminal
This week's video comes to us from France, showcasing the French men's quadruple sculls (Adrien Hardy, Pierre-Jean Peltier, Matthieu Androdias, and Benjamin Chabanet) as these athletes enter the final stages of training for the Games in London. Not only are there some very nice shots of sculling, the video is accompanied by the Ride of the Valkyries (at least to start), and features a quick look at three seat Pierre-Jean Peltier's basketball skills (at roughly 0:48). Then, we get right down to business–with one switch from last season's C Final-winning combination, this crew appears to have found some speed this year, having taken fourth at the first World Rowing Cup in Belgrade, and having edged out the Czech Republic (by roughly one tenth of a second) for second place behind Estonia at the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta. The crew stumbled a little at the Munich World Cup stop, placing 11th overall, but will look to better that result and continue the momentum from the early season in London.
In sum, this is a solid training video with a healthy bit of banter thrown in for good measure. Want to suggest the next 'Video of the Week?' Shoot us an email at rowingrelated [at] gmail [dot] com, send us your suggestion via Twitter (twitter.com/rowingrelated), or get in touch via our Facebook page.