Read Brett's 2008 Starting Five Interview here.
1. How have you prepared differently for this quadrennial than previous cycles?
It's not every four years. It's every day!
2. Did anything completely unexpected happen, or do you have any memorable or unusual stories from your previous Olympiad?
I always look back fondly at the times when athletes from all over the world, once their competitions were finished, would stumble into the Olympic Village cafeteria after a night out and eagerly wait, mouths salivating, for the 24-hour McDonalds menu to turn from dinner to breakfast. Those were good moments.
3. Any/Most important advice for first time Olympians?
You will rarely, most likely never, get another chance like this. Make it count.
4. What was your state of mind like sitting in the starting block of your first Olympic race?
Oh man...oh man...oh man...OHMANOHMANOHMANOHMANOHMAN!
5. What's different this time around/what will you do differently at this Olympics?
This time around will be my last time around. Knowing that, it's time to get to where I missed out in Beijing: the podium.
6. Do you feel older/better/wiser/stronger/other?
Yeah all that. I always look back and picture current me being able to beat up on younger me. Younger me won't know what hit him.
7. Does the phrase "the Olympics" ring differently the next time around?
The Olympics for me will always be freakin' sweet. However, I have a feeling of 'Been there, done (almost) that'. It's the 'almost' that keeps me going. I want to get that. Real bad. And I'm fortunate enough to have earned a second chance.
8. As far as regattas go, comparing the olympics to different races (Worlds, Lucerne), is it a better or different regatta, or just higher stakes?
This is the ultimate regatta. The competition is fiercer than at any of the previous world championships. No one cares how many world championship medals you have. If you don't get it done in the Olympics, you're not worth talking about.
Birthplace: Mission Viejo, Calif.
Hometown: Riverton, Wyo
Current Residence: Chula Vista, Calif
Club Affiliation: USRowing Training Center
Began Rowing: Michigan State University, 2000
Date of Birth: 3/24/82
High School: Riverton High School, 2000
Undergraduate Education: University of Washington, Computer Engineering, 2005
Current Coaches: Tim McLaren, Mike Teti
Years on National Team: Eight – 2005-12, Senior
International Results: Won the eight at the 2012 Final Olympic Qualification Regatta...Finished second in the eight at the 2011 E.ON Hanse Canal Cup…Finished fourth in the four at the 2011 World Rowing Championships…Took bronze in the four at the 2011 Rowing World Cup stop in Lucerne...Reached the final of the Steward's Challenge Cup at the 2011 Henley Royal Regatta...Finished sixth in the eight at the 2010 World Rowing Championships...Finished sixth in the four at the 2010 Rowing World Cup stop in Lucerne…Won the Steward’s Challenge Cup at the 2010 Henley Royal Regatta…Took silver in the four at the 2010 Rowing World Cup stop in Munich…Finished 13th in the four at the 2009 World Rowing Championships…Took bronze in the four at the 2009 Rowing World Cup stop in Lucerne… Finished ninth in the four at the 2008 Olympic Games...Took bronze in the four at the 2008 Rowing World Cup stop in Lucerne...Finished fourth in the eight at the 2007 World Rowing Championships...Finished fourth in the four at the 2006 World Rowing Championships…Took silver in the four with coxswain at the 2005 World Rowing Championships...Won the Ladies Plate Challenge Cup at the 2003 Henley Royal Regatta.
National Results: Finished fourth in the pair at the 2011 National Selection Regatta #2...Won the pair at the 2010 National Selection Regatta #3…Finished third in the pair at the 2010 National Selection Regatta #2…Finished fourth in the pair at the 2010 National Selection Regatta #1…Took silver in the eight at the 2009 USRowing National Championships…Finished second in the pair at the 2009 National Selection Regatta #2… Finished second in the pair at the 2009 National Selection Regatta #1…Won gold in the four with coxswain and took silver in the eight at the 2007 USRowing National Championships...Won the pair at the 2006 National Selection Regattas #2 and #3...Finished second in the varsity eight at the 2004 IRA Championships...Finished second in the varsity eight at the 2003 IRA Championships.
Personal: Brett was named USRowing’s Male Athlete of the Year in 2006…He enjoys movies, brewing beer and rockin’ some karaoke, especially Baby Got Back by Sir Mix-a-Lot…Brett’s favorite movies include Tommy Boy, Office Space, The Rockand pretty much anything with Bill Murray in it…He enjoys classic rock and lists Journey as his favorite band…Brett lists competing in the 2008 Olympic Games as his most memorable sporting achievement…He began rowing after receiving a flyer in his dorm mailbox during his freshman year at Michigan State University…Brett can sleep through anything but the sound of his alarm clock…He swam and ran cross-country in high school…Brett’s website is http://www.brettnewlin.com.