Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Video Of The Week: The U23 GB Men's Eight Trains for Varese



This week's video features the GB U23 men's rowing team, led by Olympic champ and Cambridge head coach Steve Trapmore, training in preparation for Varese, where they finished sixth overall in a tightly packed final. Despite a slow start, the GB crew battled their way to a fourth-place position through the body of the race, only to see Germany and the hometown favorites, Italy, storm through in the final 500m. As with the Australian crew, U.S. universities were well represented, with Oliver Wynne-Griffith and Thomas Pagel (Yale), James Johnston (Harvard), Morgan Hellen (Cal), Tom George (Princeton), and Cameron Buchan (Northeastern). NB: Ed Grisedale put a few GoPro cameras to the test to make this one—much appreciated, Ed!

For complete results from the 2014 World Rowing Under 23 Championships, please visit the official site of World Rowing.

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The Top Performances from U23 Worlds: USA, New Zealand Golden

The 2014 World Rowing Under 23 Championships, as usual, showcased the 'next generation' of senior level greats, but perhaps more so this year than last. Why? The Kiwi women's pair absolutely dominated their race, setting the only world best time of the regatta in Varese, and look like they're already contenders at the senior level given their silver at World Rowing Cup III in Lucerne. It looks like the path to glory in Rio will see more fireworks in the pairs between GB and NZ, this time on the women's side—and given the upside of this newly formed duo of Grace Prendergast and Kerri Gowler, we expect that Brits Heather Stanning and Helen Glover will have a fight on their hands.


Also among the top performances, of course, was that of the Kiwi men's eight—the All Blacks entered as the favorites, and didn't disappoint, taking their second title in as many years at the U23 level. The results for the rest of the podium, however, were somewhat surprising—Australia (with a crew made up entirely of athletes attending, or who recently attended, U.S. universities) rowed an excellent race, and timed their charge to take advantage of a fading U.S. crew that had thrown all the cards down on the table mid-race to see if they could topple the New Zealanders. Still, the U.S. eight held off Germany and a charging Italy to earn a trip to the medal ceremony—a bronze to back up their silver from last year (in fact, you have to go back to 2009 to find the last time the U.S. BM8+ did not earn a medal).

In the women's events, you can pretty much forget about it when it comes to U.S. athletes sweep boats—the U.S. women's eight won its third-straight world title (fourth in the last five years), with a crew that had six of its eight athletes doubling up in other events (the pair and the four—silver and gold, respectively).


On a 'lighter' note, Harvard's Andrew Campbell did it again. Campbell is the first back-to-back U23 LM1x winner since Mohsen Shadi Naghadeh of Iran won in 2009 and 2010, and it marks the third-straight season that Campbell has been on the U23 podium (including his bronze-medal performance from 2011).

Looking closely at the results above, as well as the overall medal distribution versus the number of athletes on both the U23 and senior teams, its easy to argue that Rowing New Zealand is the best team in the world right now, with the biggest test yet still on the horizon in Amsterdam. Now all that's left to figure out is a Twitter handle for the new-look NZ women's pair—might we suggest, @kiwwipair?

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday-Edition, Reader-Submitted, Double-Feature Video Of The Week: Training with Hampton School and Jes Rowing



This week's featured videos are thanks to you, the reader—both of these nicely edited training films were submitted via the RR Facebook page, and offer a window into a season of rowing with Hampton School Boat Club (England) and Jes Rowing, or rather, Coláiste Iognáid Rowing Club (Ireland). HSBC is fresh off a second-consecutive Henley Saturday appearance—Hampton School edged Brunswick (USA) on Friday by a quarter of a length, only to fall to St. Edward's (the eventual runner-up to Eton College) in the semifinal—that capped off a successful season, while Jes Rowing recently competed at the Irish national rowing championships, winning silver behind Skibbereen in the men's J14 coxed quad. The video below shows the Jes crew training on the River Corrib in Galway.



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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Video Of The Week: On Board with the World's Best Rowers



This week's featured video comes to us via World Rowing, and makes use of GoPro cameras to take us along for the ride with some of the best athletes and crews in our sport. There's no shortage of big names making an appearance, among them the Kiwi Pair, the men's eight from Australia, and the Romanian and Canadian women's eights. Mixing in a little slow-mo also makes this a good video for coaches to show their athletes, and that soundtrack! (Is this a first for FISA, going all Dubstep on us?) Whether you're new to the sport, or have been involved for many years, it's hard to beat watching a few athletes at the top of their game doing what they do best.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

No Fade for the Kiwis: Even-Splitting is the New Black

2012 Kiwi men's double (Photo: B. Kitch)
All Black, that is. They don't care if you're ahead at the 500m. They don't care about high strokes coming out of the starting area. They don't even much care about high strokes to finish off a sprint. Why? Because they know it's a 2,000-meter race, and they're not going to slow down.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Video Of The Week: Training with the U.S. Men's Quad at Craftsbury Sculling Center



This week's video comes to us via the U.S. men's quad, who are coming off a great performance at Henley last week. The new-look combo fell just short of knocking off the home team (Sam Townsend, Pete Lambert, Charlie Cousins, and Graeme Thomas—the same lineup that took gold ahead of Germany at the second World Rowing Cup in Aiguebelette) in the Queen Mother Challenge Cup, leading through Fawley but eventually losing to the Brits by half a length. It was one of many great races at this year's Henley Regatta, which, as usual, featured more than its fair share of nail-biters, as well as a number of memorable storylines.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Video Of The Week: Rowing Blazers at the 175th Henley Royal Regatta



The first day of the 2014 Henley Royal Regatta is history, and what better time to celebrate the release of Jack Carlson's new book on rowing blazers? Our friends at Hear the Boat Sing recently reviewed Carlson's work, and it's well worth a read. Everyone lining the banks in Henley-on-Thames is donning their colors and supporting their schools and clubs, but as is always the case, the field has already been reduced by half. Let's take a look at how things played out today, shall we?