1. What inspired you to go to your first rowing practice; was there anything memorable about it?
My sister walked on at Brown and my father said I should start rowing. I finally decided my Sophomore year to test it out with a couple of my friends, some who had already started rowing and some who were beginners like me. There wasn't anything too memorable about the first practice except it cemented one thing for me, the importance of the ergs (we just erged).
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?
Firebee sprints on the Seekonk River. It was a short 750m or so sprint race and I hadn't previously won any races. I caught a crab right off the start and I knew that if I wanted to win it I just had to sprint the rest of the race. Thankfully it was short enough that I could do it and win. I first thought I could make the national team after I broke 6 minutes on the erg my Junior year of college (big deal for me).
3. Best race/practice, worst race/practice?
I have two favorite races. One is obviously the Olympic trials final and the other is the IRA finals my Junior year at Brown. Both races were similar in that we were underdogs and we performed very well. My favorite practice was the Wednesday leading up to Eastern Sprints my junior year. We got into a new lineup and we just clicked and moved so well. There are so many bad practices I can't recall a specific one!
Weiss and partner Nareg Guaregian needed every stroke at the trials
4. Best/Anything you've done in the sport no one knows about?
I rowed the pair a handful of times before coming down to Princeton to join the national team. I spent the early mornings at Brown in the single.
5. Any/Most important advice for young rowers?
Rowing is cyclical, it's just the nature of the sport. Do not let the lows drag you too low and don't fly too high when things are going well. In other words, keep a steady head no matter how frustrating or good things are going.
DATE OF BIRTH: 11/5/1992
BEGAN ROWING: Narragansett Boat Club, 2009
HOMETOWN: Barrington, R.I.
BIRTHPLACE: Barrington, R.I.
CURRENT RESIDENCE: Barrington, R.I.
HIGH SCHOOL: Barrington High School, 2011
UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION: Brown University, Economics major, 2015
TRAINING LOCATION: Princeton, N.J.
CURRENT COACH: Kris Korzeniowski
CLUB AFFILIATIONS: USRowing Training Center - Princeton
National Teams: SENIOR: 2016, UNDER 23: 2013
International Results: Won silver in the men's eight at the 2013 World Rowing Under 23 Championships.
National Results: Won the pair at the 2016 Olympic Team Trials - Rowing...Sixth place in the freshman boat at IRAs with Brown and third in the Varsity boat at IRAs.
Personal: Anders' sister started rowing at Brown University as a walk-on and wanted to give it a shot - once he did, he says he loved it...His biggest sports accomplishment is qualifying for the Olympics in the Men's pair...He enjoys playing chess and the card game, hearts.
Row to Rio - The Men's Pair
Anders Weiss & Nareg Guregian set a course record at Mercer Lake while qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games - now they are on their way to Rio.