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row2k Starting Five: Canadian Men's Eight
Monday, July 23, 2012
Ed Hewitt, row2k.com
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Canadian Men's Eight racing in Bled

Bronze medalists in Bled

1. What inspired you to go to your first rowing practice; was there anything memorable about it?
I - Gabe Bergen: I was tired of getting eaten alive by bugs while tree planting.
II - Doug Csima: Thought it would be a good way to lose weight.
III - Rob Gibson: I went to meet women but ended up meeting Will Crothers. Here we are 10 years later.
IV - Conlin McCabe: I’m a 5th generation oarsman. It is a family tradition.
V - Malcolm Howard: I grew up 5 minutes from Elk Lake and I was too big to beat my older brother up hills on the bike.
VI - Andrew Byrnes: The rowing coach relentlessly recruited me.
VII - Jeremiah Brown: Watching the M8+ win gold in Beijing and thinking it looked pretty easy.
VIII - Will Crothers: My brother and Grandfather were rowers. I don’t remember my first practice; it was too early in the morning.

2. Was there a practice, race or other event when you fell in love with the sport, or when you knew you might not be too bad at rowing? When you thought you could make the national team?
I - Winning Head of the Gorge. One of the most beautiful race courses in the world.
II - The first stroke without our blades dragging on the water.
III - Rigging, de-rigging, (un)loading trailers, washing boats. Especially in the rain.
IV - When I was 15 years old at 2005 Canadian Henley Jr. B 8+ Gold
V - When I was 15 years old at 1998 Canadian Henley
VI - My first erg test where I almost beat the top athlete on the team.
VII - June 2012 moving the pair well with Will Crothers.
VIII - Watching the flag go up on the podium as a junior athlete at World Juniors.

3. Best race/practice, worst race/practice?

I - M2+ 2008 World Champs, Long winter practices
II - Winning Hudson Cup around the lake, Hanse cup 12k race
III - High school rowing Championship, 4th in the heat 300m hurdles at Kingston HS champs
IV - 2011 IRA Champs, Around the lakes in the single
V - Beijing 2008, anytime we sunk the boats in the winter
VI - Beijing 2008, US Rowing fall speed order 2006-dead last
VII - Bled 2011, entering anaerobia
VIII - Sprinting through Cal 2009 IRA, feeling the hail down my neck in winter training

4. Best/Anything you've done in the sport no one knows about?

I - I’ve raced 2x, 4x, 8+, 2+, 4- internationally
II - Raced worlds in 2, 4, and 6 seat this quadrennial.
III - I’ve never been late to the catch.
IV - I did a marathon on the erg avg. 1:49 as a junior
V - I flipped my single while warming up for the final in Lucerne and still finished 4th.
VI - I hold the 2k record at Bates College
VII - I intend to race Mike Spracklen over 250m in the 1x after the Olympics.
VIII - I’ve been to 9 Rowing World Championships

5. Any/Most important advice for young rowers?

I - Strengthen your chest to even out your back.
II - Learn to scull early.
III - Always work hard, rowing opens doors. If you can, row for Washington.
IV - Don’t let a win go to your head or a loss go to your heart.
V - Work hard, study hard. This sport can take you places.
VI - Train hard.
VII - It’s never too late to start rowing.
VIII - Row the pair and try and win everything.

I - Gabe Bergen
Hometown: 100 Mile House, B.C.
Date of Birth: 7/6/82
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 198
Education: McMaster University
Years on National Team: Five

II - Doug Csima
Hometown: Oakville, ON
Date of Birth: 11/28/85
Height: 6'6"
Weight: 211
Education: University of Victoria
Years on National Team: Four

III - Rob Gibson
Hometown: Kingston, ON
Date of Birth: 2/2/86
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 211
Education: University of Washington
Years on National Team: Eight

IV - Conlin McCabe
Hometown: Brockville, ON
Date of Birth: 8/20/90
Height: 6'8"
Weight: 225
Education: University of Washington
Years on National Team: Seven

V - Malcolm Howard
Hometown: Victoria, BC
Date of Birth: 2/7/83
Height: 6'6"
Weight: 234
Education: Harvard University
Years on National Team: Nine

VI - Andrew Byrnes
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Date of Birth: 5/22/83
Height: 6'7"
Weight: 205
Education: Bates College
Years on National Team: Eight

VII - Jeremiah Brown
Hometown: Cobourg, ON
Date of Birth: 11/25/85
Height: 6'6"
Weight: 230
Education: McMaster University
Years on National Team: Two

VIII - Will Crothers
Hometown: Kingston, ON
Date of Birth: 6/14/87
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 202
Education: University of Washington
Years on National Team: Eight


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