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Interview
Canada's Kevin Light: Part I
January 11, 2011
This week's interview is a multi-part feature with Canada's Kevin Light. Light was a member of the Canadian men's eight from 2002 to 2008. In today's feature, row2k chats with Kevin about his Athens experience.  more

Interview
New Zealand's Hamish Bond
January 3, 2011
This week's row2k Interview is with New Zealand sweep rower Hamish Bond. Hamish has stroked the Kiwi men's pair to an unbeaten record in international competition the past two years and talks with row2k about what it takes to win at that level and what it was like racing a World Championships on home water.  more

Rowing History
The Philadelphia Story: Gold Cup Shines Again
December 21, 2010
For Philadelphia rowing, there is a shiny beacon of hope that elite rowing returns to the slightly irregularly-shaped 2000 meter course on the Schuylkill. That beacon, The Philadelphia Challenge Cup, is crafted of gold.  more

Boat Race Trials Eights Report
Shake It Real Good
December 9, 2010
Crews from Cambridge and Oxford Universities lined up yesterday for their respective trial eights races over the Boat Race Championship course on the Tideway.  more

Interview
USA Lightweight Kristin Hedstrom
December 7, 2010
This week's row2k Interview is USA Lightweight sculler Kristin Hedstrom. Hedstrom won silver in the LW4x last month at the World Champs as part of the Bellingham Bandits, and chats with row2k about racing in New Zealand with the Bandits, her most memorable races, and how she got her start in sculling.  more

Feature
2010 Crew of the Year
December 7, 2010
Did your crew or a crew you know of have a year of unprecedented success in 2010? Nominate them for row2k's "2010 Crew of the Year" poll.  more

Interview
HOCR Director Fred Schoch
December 2, 2010
Everyone knows what Fred Schoch and his team at the Head Of The Charles do in October, but it is what happens the rest of the year that makes it all happen.  more

Rowing and 'The Social Network'
Part IX: Dorney Lake Redux (or Down and Out in London and Dorney*)
November 9, 2010
Coos had designed the super rig that David Fincher had always dreamed about: two eights linked together by two twenty-five foot, aluminum armatures. As I watched the Empacher eights get drawn together to form a giant catamaran, I was skeptical at first; I couldn't help but wonder if the whole thing would hold together when the Leander guys started pulling hard.  more

Rowing and 'The Social Network'
Part VIII: The (Near) Return of Henry Roosevelt
October 27, 2010
To my great relief, the oarsmen that Leander coach Ted Bainbridge had assembled were wonderful guys, and first-rate at their craft - as long as they stayed out of the pubs  more

Rowing and 'The Social Network'
Part VII: Hollywood Comes to Henley
October 19, 2010
"The main reason you were brought over here, other than your knowledge of rowing, is that you are a calm person. As you can see, none of the rest of us are."  more

Rowing and 'The Social Network'
Part VI: Trouble in the Tanks
October 18, 2010
He had built the entire set back in LA after taking photos of Newell from the summer scouting trip. He had reproduced the old sliding mirrors, a vintage wooden doorway, and some old rowing plaques. I was very impressed, and I told him so. He beamed like a proud craftsman. Then I saw the pair of crossed oars hanging on the wall, painted blue. "Oops," I blurted out.  more

Rowing and 'The Social Network'
Part V: Lights, Camera, Chaos
October 13, 2010
It was about 6 am, and we were sitting in my launch along with Adrian, the wardrobe coordinator. I was trying to line up five pairs across a narrow stretch of river for the first take of the day. It was pitch black.  more

Rowing and 'The Social Network'
Part IV: The Actors Arrive
October 12, 2010
When they finally started to row all eight and wind up into their first power ten, a big smile broke across his Armie face. "Damn. This is fun!" he shouted.  more

Rowing and 'The Social Network'
Part II: Mr. Fincher Comes to Town
October 6, 2010
It was only later that I heard that he was notorious for yelling at people and making them feel inferior. But that sort of behavior didn’t bother me. After all, I came from the rowing world and Harvard Crew. Harry Parker was a lot scarier than any Hollywood producer.  more

Rowing and 'The Social Network'
Part III: Those Guys are Freakin' Fast
October 6, 2010
About thirty guys showed up for twenty spots (two eights worth, plus a pair). One guy among the twenty would be the lucky one to deliver the dubious line of Aaron Sorkin’s dialogue. What it meant was a minuscule shot at fame and a substantial pay increase.  more

Rowing and 'The Social Network'
Part I: The Beginning
October 4, 2010
This week marks the release of a major Hollywood movie called “The Social Network." Just as its creators intended, this will be a film as unavoidable as its subject matter: Facebook. More specifically, the film focuses on the blood, sweat, and tears (and brilliance) that brought this cultural phenomenon into being. It also involves rowing.  more

Rowing History
1980 Olympians Move on - and on, and on
September 26, 2010
"They probably would have won it," said 1980 Canadian Olympian Phil Monkton recently about the US Men's Eight entry at the boycotted Olympics in Moscow. "They had so much speed that year."  more

Ursula Grobler has already qualified for the USA LW2x, with Abby Broughton, but is racing at trials next week in the both the LW1x and LW4x. If she were to win all the trials should she attempt to triple up?  more

Interview
Cal's Kara Kohler
September 13, 2010
Cal rower Kara Kohler just completed an amazing novice year of rowing that saw her go from taking her first strokes ever, to making Cal's top-ranked Varsity 8 and winning a Pac-10 title, to winning a U23 World Championship in the USA W8+ in July. How did Kara find rowing and what was 2010 like for the now sophomore?  more

Interview
Canadian U23 Lightweight Patricia Obee
August 31, 2010
19 year old lightweight Patricia Obee has had a busy 2010 so far. Last spring, as a freshmen at Oregon State, she set the freshmen 6k record and raced in the team's Varsity 8+. Then during the summer, Obee raced in the Canadian U23 LW2x and W8+, winning bronze in the eight as an emergency alternate.  more

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