Sunday, August 7, 2011

This Is How You Do It

Long-time readers of this blog know that, in our bright college younger and more vulnerable years, 2/3rds of us rowed competitively for our college rowing teams. None of us follow the sport as closely as we once did, but, from time to time, an extraordinarily cool race or surprising result catches our attention.

Late last month, the United States won the men's eight at the World Under-23 championshpis, leading the race wire-to-wire and finishing in a truly impressive (if wind-assisted) time of 5:24. (By comparison, the world record, set by the United States in the 2004 Olympics, is a wind-assisted 5:19, and has rarely been approached since). It showcased the talents of the next generation of United States Olympians, and was just a kick-ass race from a program that, in recent years, has failed to reach the heights it achieved in the middle of the last decade. You don't have to be a competitive rower to appreciate how bad-ass these guys are.

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