Post-race comments from Friday's Finals, in the following order: M1x, M4x, M2-, W2x . updated 11:45am EDT
Henrik STEPHANSEN (DEN) after winning his men's single sculls C final at Eton Dorney on Friday. Henrik STEPHANSEN (DEN)
On the race:
"I am very happy. I had a great race, which was my main goal. It's good to see that I can beat some of the guys who are often much faster than me."
On his Olympic journey:
"I was happy that I was only six 10ths of a second behind Olaf (TUFTE, NOR, the 2008 Olympic champion) in my quarterfinal - there are worse people to be beaten by than a double Olympic champion. I have done the very best I could at the moment."
On plans for the future:
"We are having a reception for Team Denmark and Prince Frederik will be here. I'll also go to the Olympic Park later today. I'm leaving here in two days because I'm going to training camp in Austria for two weeks, and then to the world championships where I'll be competing in the lightweight sculls."
Mario VEKIC (CRO) on finishing third in the C final of the men's single sculls, behind Henrik STEPHANSEN (DEN) and Patrick LOLIGER SALAS (MEX) at Eton Dorney on Friday. Mario VEKIC (CRO)
On his experience at Eton Dorney:
"I competed here for the first time in 2006, at the world championships, so this is my second time competing here and this is something better, beautiful, amazing - everything best."
On his performance in the race today:
"I finished in the C final, but this was not my best performance, because my best performance was in Switzerland in the qualification for the Olympics. I was expecting to make the A final, but I am not in the same shape as I was in Switzerland. I was expecting more from me for this Olympic Games, but my training damaged me and I was not fresh enough for racing."
On the prospects for Croatia's men's quadruple sculls in the A final at Eton Dorney today:
"First place. They were first in the semifinal race, and in their first race they set a best time. Every man in that boat is ready to give their best and to take the gold medal."
On whether he would compete at Rio in 2016:
"Tomorrow is another day, and my next big plan is for Rio in 2016. But maybe in another boat - maybe double or quadruples. But I am so happy because this has been my dream for four years to come here in the single sculls and I made it. I want and I would love to be in that boat (men's quadruple sculls). This is my next dream."
On the prospects for other athletes from Croatia at London 2012:
"I want to support Sandra PERKOVIC (CRO) in the discus, she has a chance to take a gold medal. And the men's handball team also have a chance for gold."
ZHANG Liang (CHN) after coming fifth in the B final of the men's single sculls at Eton Dorney on Friday to finish 11th overall. ZHANG Liang (CHN)
On the result:
"I'm very satisfied. Before I came here, my aim was to be in the top 12. Now I'm 11th, so achieved my goal."
On the competition:
"The competition was very tough. The difference between me and the top rowers is too big, I still have to improve."
On the future:
"I'm 27 years old, so I aim to participate in Rio (2016). And then my aim will be to be the Olympic champion."
Angel FOURNIER RODRIGUEZ (CUB) on winning the B final of the men's single sculls at Eton Dorney on Friday. Angel FOURNIER RODRIGUEZ (CUB)
On how he feels about his race:
"I'm very happy about how I raced, I felt on OK form. I'm not staying around, I leave (London) on the 5th (August), I'll have a month off and then I'll be back to train for other competitions."
Olaf TUFTE (NOR) after finishing third in the B final of the men's single sculls, finishing 9th overall at Eton Dorney on Friday. Olaf TUFTE (NOR)
On the conditions:
"Yesterday was not good. Everyone could see it. Rowers can see it, the fairness committee can see it. The only good is the win for South Africa (in the lightweight men's fours). That is good for the sport."
"It is not fair for the athletes. The most difference is between lanes one and six."
On his reflection towards his performance in London:
"I had a good winter, had a good startup. When Alexander (DALE OEN, the Norwegian swimmer who died of a heart attack) died I was on top of the mountain. It hit me really hard."
"I managed to build myself up after the third world cup. I was feeling good, I was flying in the boat. But then something happened. I don't know what. I fumbled the semi."
On comparing Vaclav CHALUPA (CZE, up until 2004 the biggest name in Czech single scull rowing) with Ondrej SYNEK (CZE, the current Czech single sculling star):
"Vaclav is one of the stars. He is more of a diesel engine - he can row forever. SYNEK is a little bit more complete. He can start, he can sprint, he can keep the race pace. He is the modern rower. Vaclav was one of the greatest in the nineties. I would put them side by side in the nineties and the two thousands."
"I had tight races with both of them. (With SYNEK,) Beijing was the toughest. The reason why I beat him was because I started my final sprint first. He waited for me."
On continuing to row:
"I have to take care of my health first. If I'm ever coming back, I have to be at my 2004 level when I was crazy strong."
On Iztok COP (SLO) announcing his retirement:
"Again? He will not quit. You can put that down. He will not quit. He will race the double (sculls) with me next year."
Alan CAMPBELL (GBR) after winning bronze in the men's single sculls at Eton Dorney on Friday. Alan CAMPBELL (GBR) - bronze
On winning a bronze medal:
"I'm very proud. I've been training for 10 years. Bill (BARRY, GBR, his coach) trained me from day one. He's taken me to three Olympics. The last one I was disappointed to come away with no medal."
"It was too much to match them (Mahe DRYSDALE, NZL and Ondrej SYNEK, CZE) today, so sorry. I'm so tired."
"I'm proud to represent all parts of the British Isles."
On the crowd:
"It really lifted me. I could see Lassi (KARONEN, SWE) had gone harder than I thought. I thought, just got to go now or never and hold on to that medal. The crowd were exceptional, the Games Makers too."
On the race:
"It was a great day, the support was phenomenal. It was a physically gruelling and tough start. The most I had to do. The two best rowers in the world (DRYSDALE and SYNEK) got away with me."
"I just couldn't take another stroke at the end of the race."
"There were the two greatest rowers in the world today and I'm just short of that. I feel I still have a little unfinished business."
"Lassi (KARONEN, SWE) is a big guy, huge and tough. It's fair how the lanes were drawn, they're the two best rowers of all time and I'm proud to regard them as friends. I will remember racing them and all the guys who did not win a medal."
"Not all of us are fortunate enough to come out with a medal. It doesn't mean you're any less of an athlete."
On the medal ceremony:
"I could barely stand, I could not get my words out, there was a lot of emotion. It was not disappointment, just emotion. To stand tall with two of the best guys in the world, you could not ask for more."
On the support at Eton Dorney:
"There were so many people in the boat with me today that helped me get there. I saw the Coleraine boys on the bank and the sponsors up there and people who made a difference to me."
"It has been fantastic, with messages of support and texts. The overwhelming kindness of people has been phenomenal. Win or lose, I would have won. The crowd took a few strokes for me."
"It would be tough for any other day to match up to today."
On the support from home in Northern Ireland:
"I have been so lucky. I was never molly-coddled or spoilt and I was just given the best opportunities."
"I have to see if the commitment is there from others. I've had a year away from my wife in my first year of marriage."
"I thank the club (Tideway Scullers School in London) and the people around me for their support. Well, I don't feel I deserve it."
On his mum and dad:
"I can't say thank you enough."
On his coach, Bill BARRY (GBR):
"He is the best coach in the world. He has lifted me up beyond what I am capable of."
On the 2012 season:
"It's been absolutely gruelling, with lots of obstacles, and this year lots of questions and doubts."
On the impact of his bronze medal at home in Northern Ireland:
"I am hugely proud of what we have achieved for Ireland and Coleraine and hope it will be huge for Northern Ireland. I am proud to be part of the country."
On his competitors:
"These two are two of the best to set foot in a boat. I have lost out to the two greatest rowers in the world. I can hold my head high and know I did all I possibly could today. I'm sitting here with the two greatest rowers, in my mind. All the guys not here made it such a special event and it's been one of those days that will stick with me forever. It's a historic moment for the sport."
On his race with Lassi KARONEN (SWE) for bronze:
"The support I have had is second to none and the crowd really did lift me. The support here is more knowledgeable than in any other sport. It is very hard to describe. It is almost shocking how big the wall of noise was."
On his bronze medal being the first Olympic single sculls medal for Great Britain since Amsterdam 1928:
"Hopefully we won't have to wait too long for a gold medal. I hear they (DRYSDALE and SYNEK) are retiring (laughs). It is a historic moment for British rowing and there are a lot of young guys coming up."
On how hard training is:
"It's hard to describe how gruelling and tough the regime is."
On crying after the race:
"I think I was thinking about my mum and dad and wife. It has been a long, hard journey. I got married in September and spent five months away from my wife. it is not just my efforts but the efforts of a lot of people. Win or lose I felt I had won today by the crowd. I held my head high and hope I have done other people proud. I was not upset, just emotional."
On his Olympic preparation:
"There have been a lot of obstacles. Bill (coach Bill BARRY, GBR) and I did what we had to do. It was tough at the last Olympics when we didn't come away with anything. It is not just a Rocky montage. It is a huge amount of sacrifice, day in and day out. I hope this goes some way for the people who have had to sacrifice something as well."
On his rivalry with the other two medallists:
"We share more in common with each other probably than any other competitors. You do have to do it on your own. There is nobody I respect more than these two guys sitting beside me. They are the greaterst athletes in their respective countries. I do feel privileged to be part of this group of guys in single sculls."
On Steven REDGRAVE (GBR) meeting him at the end of the race:
"He grabbed me out of the boat and I think rather unfairly put me on TV immediately. He said: 'Walk around. Stand tall.' He got me walking and talking. He has been a good support. He knows what it is like to win an Olympic medal. He is a big supporter of mine and I am of him. We have a fantstic team and hopefully another chance of gold in the men's four tomorrow."
On lifting Mahe DRYSDALE (NZL) up on the podium:
"I was thinking: 'God, he's heavy'."
On singing the national anthem played for Katherine GRAINGER/Anna WATKINS (GBR) despite feeling really sick:
"It was the only chance I'd get. It wasn't going to happen for me. I'm a huge fan of the team and I'm proud to be a part of it. I'm really pleased for Katherine. I think she's the only British female rower to have medals at four Olympics. She deserved it. We race our own races, but it was great to see it."
Bill BARRY (GBR) coach of GBR M1x
On CAMPBELL winning bronze:
"Getting an Olympic medal makes up for the injuries he's suffered, which took away the chance of a medal in Beijing. Alan is a most fantastic, resilient guy and a pleasure to coach. He deserves everything he's got."
"He pleases everyone, even his coach. He has a lot of humility despite being a very charismatic character."
On the journey they have taken together:
"He started eight years ago as a novice, overweight and uncoordinated and he had ambition to be a sculler who wanted an Olympic medal."
On the Olympic legacy:
"In the last four years, Alan has visited 26 schools to inspire. He believes in giving back. The Olympic theme is legacy for youth and Alan believes in that - giving something back."
Ondrej SYNEK (CZE) after winning silver behind Mahe DRYSDALE (NZL) in the men's single sculls at Eton Dorney on Friday. Ondrej SYNEK (CZE) - silver
On his feelings on winning the silver medal for two Olympics in a row:
"I'm very happy, but I wanted gold, as everyone here. It's the second silver for me."
On the support from the crowd:
"I am very happy. So many people from my country is here in the stands. My mother is here. I'm very happy I can show her (my medal)."
On the Holland Beker Regatta earlier this year, which DRYSDALE won:
"I was shocked Mahe beat me so I prepared for this. I was told Mahe would apply the same tactic here. I wanted to lead but Mahe was stronger."
On his plans for the future:
"I am hoping to continue for the next four years depending on how it goes."
Mahe DRYSDALE (NZL) after winning gold in the men's single sculls final at Eton Dorney on Friday.
Mahe DRYSDALE (NZL) - gold
On winning the gold medal:
"It was just amazing. My career was incomplete without this, and I couldn't quite believe it."
"One of the toughest races of my life. I had absolutely nothing in that last bit. I knew I had a medal, but I just had to hold on. I've been waiting for this for 12 years. I had all my family and friends here, and the crowd was amazing - this is an experience I'll remember for the rest of my life. This is really what I needed to achieve for my career."
On his main opponent, Ondrej SYNEK (CZE):
"It was an extremely tough race, knowing I had to get up on him (SYNEK) and he was chasing me down to the line. I achieved everything I wanted to achieve. Absolutely fantastic, this has been so emotional."
On taking inspiration from Nathan COHEN/Joseph SULLIVAN (NZL) winning gold in men's double sculls on Thursday:
"We have a really strong programme, seeing the doubles win yesterday. You train with these athletes so you know you're doing something right."
On being lifted up by Ondrej SYNEK (CZE) and Alan CAMPBELL (GBR):
"It was pretty awesome and it took a little time to sink in. I took time to sit back and enjoy the moment. The moment will live with me forever."
On the deciding moment of the race:
"The deciding moment was in the third 500. It was a very, very tight race. I was just starting to get a bit of a lead on Ondrej and went there. I saw Ondrej come at me and hoped he didn't have a sprint as I had nothing left at the end. I was just counting the strokes and hoping the line would come before Ondrej did."
On pre-race nerves:
"I have never had nerves like this before. Once before I threw up in the national championships. Two hours before the race I threw up. It was one of the worst mornings in my life. When I got on the starting block I started to enjoy myself."
On dreaming of being an Olympic champion:
"It was a dream 12 years ago to be an Olympic champion. It has been a tough road. It has taken me three Olympics to get it but it is the realisation of a dream. You can do it if you work your butt off. You only get one or two opportunities in life to be in a position to win a gold medal but hopefully I made the best of those opportunities."
On his friendship with CAMPBELL and the other scullers:
"We met in 2004. We have raced around the world and Ondrej has been there too. On the water it is gladiatorial. We are trying to kill each other and they pretty well killed me today."
On his road traffic accident and injury six weeks ago:
"Thankfully there was no damage to my legs. I was out of the boat for three weeks but did work sitting on a bike. I was going really well at that point."
Adrien HARDY (FRA) after finishing fourth in the B final of the men's quadruple sculls at Eton Dorney on Friday. Adrien HARDY (FRA)
On the final result:
"It wasn't a bad race at all. We couldn't have done more. I'm ecstatic with this past year. We benefited so much from the crowd just applauding everybody."
Robert MANSON (NZL), John STOREY (NZL) and Michael ARMS (NZL) after winning the men's quadruple sculls B final ahead of Russia and Ukraine at Eton Dorney on Friday Robert MANSON (NZL)
On the race:
"We're happy, obviously. We wanted to win the B final and make a statement and show that we felt like we could have been in the A final. We've finished on a good note. As a crew we don't prefer a headwind and it was quite heavy out there, but we fought through it and gave it everything we had and came through with the win."
On his plans for the rest of the Games:
"We're staying until the closing ceremony so I'm going to the Olympic Village and enjoy that for a week or so. I'll also be supporting our fellow New Zealanders like Sarah WALKER in the BMX event and I'll also be watching some show-jumping."
John STOREY (NZL)
On the race:
"It was a shame we were not in the A final but we wanted to prove a point in the B final."
Michael ARMS (NZL)
On the final sprint, reflecting that of the New Zealand men's double sculls gold medallists yesterday:
"Towards the end we took a page out of Nathan COHEN and Joseph SULLIVAN's book."
Vladislav MORGACHEV (RUS) and Sergey FEDOROVTSEV (RUS) after coming in second behind New Zealand in the B final of the men's quadruple sculls at Eton Dorney on Friday. Vladislav MORGACHEV (RUS)
On their performance during the London 2012 Olympic Games:
"This competition is not good (for us). We had problems with the wind (that caused) problems with rowing. The semifinal and this race were not so good."
"You see in some races our start speed and top speed is really good, but we could not keep that up."
"Between 2004 (when Russia won the Olympic gold medal in the men's quadruple sculls) and 2012 there were too many coach changes and rower changes. Finally, in 2012 we got together but it was too late."
Sergey FEDOROVTSEV (RUS)
On their performance at London 2012:
"We really wanted to. Really wanted to. We worked so hard in training. We probably trained too hard."
"The last two years, we didn't have a race with crosswind. We didn't know how to deal with it."
David SAIN (CRO) and Martin SINKOVIC (CRO) after winning a silver medal in the men's quadruple sculls at Eton Dorney on Friday. David SAIN (CRO) - silver
On the crew's feelings after the race:
"We feel good because we did in this race everything. We could set up oars for a fair wind."
"We did a good push and went to a higher stroke rate. In these conditions we cannot row better than that. We are not happy but okay."
On winning an Olympic medal:
"It's fantastic and special, it's very great."
Martin SINKOVIC (CRO) - silver
On the changing wind direction:
"Before the start of the race the wind was blowing behind us so we went with shorter oars. Then at the start the wind turned round so we had to work harder. But congratulations to Germany."
Daniel NOONAN (AUS) and Christopher MORGAN (AUS) on winning a bronze medal behind Germany and Croatia in the men's quadruple sculls final at Eton Dorney on Friday. Daniel NOONAN (AUS) - bronze
On missing out on a medal at Beijing 2008:
"Very relieved and very satisfying. That was in the back of our minds and we didn't want that place again. We would have preferred a gold medal today, but we couldn't have raced better and we were beaten by a better crew today."
On the strong performance from Germany:
"They've been doing it all week, and all season. We knew that was going to happen, but we just stuck to our own race and made sure we weren't too far behind the leaders - it was a crack of a last 500 (metres) and we ran out of gears."
On their season compared to last year:
"It was a different season last year. This year we've had a little bit of a jaded season, with injuries; last year we had a fairly smooth run, but we put it out there on the track and that was our best race this season."
On the future for the crew:
"Three of us raced in 2008, we were tipped for a medal and then we came fourth. We're very happy just to be medallists. A couple of us will probably retire - who knows? We might get bored and be back in a boat within a month."
Christopher NOONAN (AUS) - bronze
On their plans for competing in Rio in 2016:
"I said I wasn't going to go on to London when we finished in Beijing, but you take it a day at a time. I came back from Beijing because we had a disappointing result, and I wanted to put down a race to the best of my abilities and I think as a crew we did that today."
"There is nothing more we could have given to chase down those first two crews, so I'm very satisfied. We were giving everything we had, but we just ran out of juice. It was a little disappointing, but if there is nothing more you could have done, then you have to be happy, and I'm happy that I put out the best that I had and the bronze is a representation of that. I'm delighted with that."
On his future plans:
"I have a fiancee who I plan to marry soon, and I want to get my career off the ground and start a family, so, if training for Rio fits around that, who knows?"
Tim GROHMANN (GER) and Karl SCHULZE (GER) after winning the gold ahead of Croatia and Australia in the men's quadruple sculls at Eton Dorney on Friday. Karl SCHULZE (GER) - gold
On winning the gold:
"I cannot express it in words. Only after we crossed the finish line, I realised that we won the gold. My God, there is nothing better than this."
On if they finished the last stroke:
"No, we didn't. But we didn't have to. When there was 500 metres to go, I started to realise we could win this. We pushed one more time to make sure we would."
Tim GROHMANN (GER) - gold
On whether last year's second place at the world championships, where Germany missed a stroke and stopped dead just before the finish, was of any influence:
"We didn't think of last year, we didn't think of the crab. Last year is forgotten. We had the perfect race today."
Polish rower Adam KOROL (POL), the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games champion, followiing his sixth place in the final of the men's quadruple sculls at Eton Dorney on Friday. Germany won gold, Croatia silver and Australia bronze.
Adam KOROL (POL)
On what changed since winning gold in Beijing:
"We lost, I think, our perfect technique and rhythm."
"We prepared very hard for 2010 and 2011, but, in 2011, I had back problems three times, so I couldn't start in Bled (at the world championships)."
On how he rated Poland's hopes going into the final:
"It's hard to say. In the season, we didn't start well. We lost in Belgrade (at the first world cup regatta), coming in ninth, and we were sixth in Lucerne (at the second world cup regatta). We hoped our preparation in the last months would be hard - we wanted to fight to better. But the gold medal was not for us, just the bronze. Gold was Croatia or Germany."
On his future plans:
"I will retire. I am 38 years old and I have to go back to the academy of physical education, where I teach. I have to write my dissertation."
Apostolos and Nikolaos GKOUNTOULAS (GRE) after coming third in the B final behind Germany and the United States, ninth overall, in the men's pairs at Eton Dorney on Friday. Apostolos GKOUNTOULAS (GRE)
On not making the A final:
"The race wasn't bad. We tried a lot. We had more expectation from ninth place, but that happened. It was a good day for this race."
On the racing conditions:
"We had some problems in the headwind. We were a little weak compared with other athletes in this category. We are out of the final A for four to five years. The result was not exceptional."
Nikolaos GKOUNTOULAS (GRE)
On the racing conditions:
"Until the 1000 metres, it was not so bad. After that we made a speed up and we saw our boat to be very close to the first boat until the last 500, and from this point we felt the sidewind and tiredness. The air is so strong we couldn't react."
Silas STAFFORD (USA) after finishing second in the men's pair B final with partner Thomas PESZEK (USA) at Eton Dorney on Friday. Silas STAFFORD (USA)
On this possibly being their last Olympic Games:
"This was our last race (of the regatta). Who knows if we're be in another Olympics so we really laid it out there. Disappointed not to have made it to the (A) final."
On the crowd at Eton Dorney:
"It's the most amazing thing. We get off the bus at eight in the morning and the crowd is going nuts. Nowhere in the world, not in the NBA, the NHL or even the Premier League is the crowd out cheering at eight in the morning. And cheering for everyone. They might be a bit louder for the British crews but they are cheering for everyone."
Felix DRAHOTTA (GER) after winning the B final of the men's pair ahead of the United States and Greece at Eton Dorney on Friday. Felix DRAHOTTA (GER)
On winning the race:
"We still know that we can be better, but we're really happy we did it today. It worked really well."
On how the race worked out for them:
"We saw the Greek crew fighting in front of us. We knew we could take them. We started three times to get them, (and) the third time we did. It worked really well. Greece are strong at the start, but we knew we could be better at the end."
On whether he is disappointed at missing the main final:
" Yes, I am very sad not to be in the A final. With that race (we've just done), we know we could have been in the middle of (the) A final, with a chance to be good there. I'm very sad we didn't get the chance to do that."
Eric MURRAY/Hamish BOND (NZL) after winning gold in the men's pairs at Eton Dorney on Friday. Eric MURRAY (NZL)
On why they won:
"We had the speed. No one else sustained it."
On their feelings:
"Relief. An overwhelming sense of achievement, more than we hoped for."
On his gold medal (holding it in his hands):
"Four hundred and fifty grammes of grit, attitude, determination and belief we could do it."
On winning gold being redemption for Beijing 2008, where the New Zealand men's four failed to reach the final:
"Beijing was four years ago and we have so much more experience and so much more belief and we are a completely different crew to what we were then. I guess we've used the Beijing experience to a degree and reflected on it occasionally, but this is now."
On his pre-race emotions:
"We had overwhelming pressure. You read in the papers that you are going to win and for us that was a good place to be because we knew how dominant we were and how fast we could go. But we just wanted to go as fast as we possibly could and get across the line first."
On whether they are keen to carry on for another four years:
"There's no point in looking too far ahead. After Beijing, with all the work you put in and not coming away with anything, you start questioning why you put yourself through what you do day in and day out if you're not going to get the rewards."
"But I think we have a good programme and I guess we'll talk about it in the next few months, but now we'll take some downtime and see what lies ahead. There's plenty more than can be done but I guess time will tell."
On celebrating the win:
"I guess we don't want to go out and get plastered. We'll just take it all in, celebrate. We deserve it a little as we've done the hard work. In Kiwi fashion we'll probably have a few beers. Crikey, this is more than we ever dreamed of - it's something to say you want to be an Olympic champion and it's something else to become one."
Hamish BOND (NZL)
On the achievement:
"It is what we've been working for for the last four years. I'm so glad we pulled it off. We've been on tenterhooks all week, I'm so pleased we came through."
On his pre-race emotions:
"Just watching the men's double yesterday - the sheer will and determination on their faces - I just hoped that, if the need came, I could produce something like that as well."
On what the first thing was that came to him as he crossed the finish line:
"You bloody beauty. But mainly relief. We have lofty expectations and anything else would not have been good enough. We knew we were a fast pair but we had no idea how fast and to go unbeaten over a four-year cycle has completely blown away any of our expectations. No one can take that away."
On facing similar pressures as the All Blacks (the New Zealand rugby team):
"The All Blacks are the pinnacle of sport in New Zealand and I wouldn't put the pressure we feel on the same level as them - we're tucked away in a wee bubble a lot of the time and by the sheer nature of our sport we're not on display on a week-to-week basis."
"My biggest fear of this whole campaign was not to be able to deliver what I knew I was capable of and I'm just pleased that we did. Something like 17,000 strokes were taken in training for every stroke of that final - it was a lot of effort and we're pleased that it was all worthwhile."
David CALDER/Scott Frandsen (CAN)
David Calder (Victoria, BC), men's pair (four-time Olympian)
"The next couple of years would have been so much nicer if we walked away with a medal. But in sport you never know what you are going to get ... I still absolutely love this sport, I love the relationships that I've developed, and the support we've had over the years."
Scott Frandsen (Kelowna, BC), men's pair
"We became aware of where everyone else was at around 1250 or 1500 in, and we were behind the race... It's tough to nail down. I thought we had a solid piece - it felt pretty efficient, but it just wasn't there today."
William SATCH/George NASH (GBR) after winning bronze in the men's pairs at Eton Dorney on Friday. William SATCH (GBR) - bronze
On the future after only forming the crew this year:
"I want to carry on. We've been in the pair for four and a bit months. Sometimes it's bloody horrible training three times a day."
On winning a medal:
"It hasn't sunk in. I'm very happy."
On the year's rowing:
"It's been an awesome year. George (NASH) and I have come up through the ranks and he has a lot more pedigree than me but I've put a lot of work in, and in the last six months it has come together. To be up against these guys (BOND/MURRAY) who have been so dominant for so many years...it was just awesome being on that line. We are both quite ecstatic."
On whether, at the start of the season, he thought winning a medal was possible:
"Athletes have to have belief in yourself and have determination in your head. We both have that. You trial seven times a year, you're constantly busy, but I don't know if we ever thought we could do it but we definitely had belief. But I didn't think I'd be here six months ago."
On whether the battle with the lane markers in the last few hundred metres could have cost them a medal:
"Yes, I mean you don't want to clip a buoy, but I have every confidence in George and that he had things under control. Things can happen, but I don't think we lost any speed from it."
On being an inspiration to young athletes:
"I coached for there years and that paid for my training. It's nice to hear the parents tell me that little Johnny's been glued to the TV. Part of me misses doing it but there isn't time to coach now. I really did miss it, but I hope we've inspired quite a few guys and shown that it can be done."
George NASH (GBR) - bronze
On racing with SATCH:
"We had belief in ourselves. We love rowing. It's a pleasure."
Germain CHARDIN/Dorian MORTELETTE (FRA) after taking silver in the men's pair at Eton Dorney on Friday. Germain CHARDIN (FRA) - silver
On the final:
We usually start a race quite fast. In the semifinal we were a little slower, but here we wanted to really go for it. In the last 500m it is so loud, like an arena. We couldn't hear each other but we just focused on making the difference between bronze and silver."
On the next Olympics:
"I won't say 'see you in Rio' because that would sound very pretentious."
On winning France's first rowing medal at London 2012:
"We are very, very proud of it, especially for our family back home."
Dorian MORTELETTE (FRA) - silver
On competing against gold medallists New Zealand and bronze medallists Great Britain:
"We knew it would be almost impossible to beat New Zealand, but there is a secret pleasure to have beaten Great Britain."
On his road to London:
"When we arrived here, what we had in mind was to win a medal. During the past years there were some fluctuations, like in 2010 it was fantastic and 2011 not so good, and then two months ago we qualified for the games and we were so happy. We started to work a lot with our coach and we came here with a lot of confidence."
On winning France's first medal of the 2012 Olympic Games:
"I am very proud to have won a medal for France - and very proud to have won a medal for French rowing. As for me personally, I am very satisfied because I knew the first place was going to my colleagues over there (BOND/MURRAY) so I think we really did the best we could do. It's fantastic."
Tina MANKER (GER) after finishing third in the women's double sculls B final behind the Czech Republic and Netherlands at Eton Dorney on Friday. Tina MANKER (GER)
On the race:
"We were not happy about the crosswinds, but we came off the start pretty well. But, unfortunately, we weren't able to keep up with the two boats in the middle. When we reached the crowd, it was amazing. We're just happy, now that the whole competition is over, that we were allowed to row here."
On plans for the rest of the Olympic period:
"We want to enjoy the next ten days in London and watch some other sport, particularly hockey and athletics. But we'll just take whatever we can get."
Jitka ANTOSOVA (CZE) on winning the B Final of the women's double sculls with her sister Lenka ANTOSOVA (CZE) at Eton Dorney on Friday. Jitka ANTOSOVA (CZE)
On the result:
"Well, it's the B final, but we won, so we are happy with it. Of course, we would be more happy with an A final, but this is a good result."
On whether it's good to be sisters in the boat:
"Sometimes it's good, but I am not sure that this is the best solution. It is good as we have similar techniques. And actually we do not quarrel too often."
On the race:
"It was better than the repechage."
Katherine GRAINGER/Anna WATKINS (GBR) after winning gold in the women's double sculls at Eton Dorney on Friday. Katherine GRAINGER (GBR) - gold
On winning gold after three Olympic silver medals:
"It's been a long, long wait. It's not been painful, I've had a great few years. This is the culmination of a lot of hard work."
On the support of the crowd:
"None of us raced in front of anything like it. The last 300 metres lift you like nothing else."
On being a bride at last, no longer the bridesmaid and what she's going to do with her gold medal:
"Yes, a bride at last! I'm going to go round the country with my gold medal until people are sick of the sight of me. Maybe I'll do a tour."
On hoping to meet David BECKHAM (GBR):
"It's not a joke. I need to follow that up (with Steven REDGRAVE, GBR). He was telling us about the Opening Ceremony and how he took the flame from David. I know David is happily married, but my mum still has high hopes."
On whether her career would feel unfulfilled if she hadn't got gold:
"In a word, yes. I'd still be a happy, secure, normal-ish person, but if we hadn't achieved that together we would have felt we'd underperformed. On the podium we knew how special it was. It doesn't sink in for a while. We knew it at that moment, and that moment it's everything you hoped it would be."
On continuing until Rio in 2016:
"We haven't discussed beyond London. We were just aware that the 3 August was a massive day and the race of our lives. To be honest, we don't even know what we're doing tomorrow."
On considering her future after Beijing:
"I did seriously consider (my future) after Beijing. If I wanted to continue, I didn't discuss with friends and family. I needed space. If I was going to continue it had to be for the right reasons. Once I'd made the decision (though), there was never any doubt that it was the right (decision). We've just had three fantastic years. It's been so much fun along the way."
On how important it is to win gold:
"To become an Olympic champion is very rare and special accomplishment. I had three medals in the past, for me, not the right colour. Since Anna and I got into the boat together I knew we had the potential."
Anna WATKINS (GBR)
On the expectation on the crew:
"There was pressure from ourselves. We only wanted one medal."
On the race:
"We had a great race. There is so much trust and confidence in each other. We didn't know what conditions we were going to get, but it was fine. We knew we'd win from halfway. It's a dream come true."
On the crowd support:
"It's just this roar. There was absolutely no way we were going to do anything but win. There was an extra person in the boat. It gives you an adrenaline spurt."
On describing the last 100 metres of the race and when she knew they'd won it:
"I knew we'd won it just before half way through. We were nearly a length (ahead). In the last 100m there was no way anything was going to go wrong. We had time to enjoy it."
On whether she was happy with the race:
"I knew it was going to be tight. I knew if we got out fast (at the start) ahead of everyone then we were in a very, very strong position. The last 500 we were very strong. We kept our heads, despite the high pressure and tense situation."
On what the next few months hold and if this is the last time they will race together:
"That's the only sad thought, that this could be the last time. My PhD is going a bit slow. You can't plan. Life changes after the Olympics. I hope we'll take some time off."
Julia MICHALSKA/Magdalena FULARCZYK (POL) after winning bronze in the women's double sculls at Eton Dorney on Friday. Magdalena FULARCZYK (POL) - bronze
On her feelings after the race:
"I'm very tired. This moment is great for us."
Julia MICHALSKA (POL) - bronze
On the race:
"It's very good. I'm very proud, very tired."
On how they felt about winning bronze after a bumpy couple of seasons:
"Yesterday was very tough for us. For us bronze is like gold because of yesterday. We've had a lot of injuries. (A) bronze medal is like a win (for us)."
Kim CROW/Brooke PRATLEY (AUS) after winning silver behind Great Britain in the women's double sculls at Eton Dorney on Friday. Kim CROW (AUS) - silver
On the Great Britain crew of Katherine GRAINGER/Anna WATKINS:
"That was fantastic. An amazing race. Those girls were phenomenal. That's the classiest race I've ever been part of."
On her single sculls A final on Saturday:
"It's hard to think too much ahead as today is special and has been for many seasons."
Brooke PRATLEY (AUS) - silver
On her emotions:
"I'm very proud. We did our best. We couldn't go any harder. The British girls did a great job."
"It has not sunk in yet, I'm still spinning."
"We've been talking since we got off the boat and it hasn't sunk in yet. We gave it everything."
On if they thought they were going to catch the British:
"The last 500 metres we put everything we had out there. We pushed (them) all the way down the course. We put it all out there. But kudos to you guys (GRAINGER/WATKINS)."
On if she's relieved she's not Kim CROW (AUS), who races in tomorrow's single sculls final:
"Kim is a phenomenal athlete. She's been handling (all) the training really well. She's on the water now."
On not winning the gold medal:
"I'm pretty glad to have silver. We did the best we could. We've not had an ideal season, although after Munich (world cup) we had really good eight weeks (of training). I couldn't ask for a better partner."
ex-Great Britain rower Sarah WINCKLESS (GBR) after her former crewmate Katherine GRAINGER (GBR) won gold in the women's double sculls with Anna WATKINS (GBR) at Eton Dorney on Friday.
Sarah WINCKLESS (GBR)
On the women's double sculls final:
"By 30 strokes they were very aware of what was going on around them. By 500 (metres) they were into a long and strong rhythm. They were more powerful. At 1500m they absolutely responded to the crowd and were eking out the distance and getting the margin. It could be one of the biggest margins of the regatta."
"The crowd, the early morning, the years of muscle-memory and the passion and drive of these two women have got the deserved result."
On Anna WATKINS:
"Anna was fantastic. Her physiology was fantastic. It took time for her body to get used to the training and now she's brilliant. She has a strong, calm personality."
"Her contribution can't be underestimated. Katherine has won with many partners over the years but she and Anna are a special combination."
"They have got Olympic gold and the Olympic record to their names and that takes two people."
On the Australian silver medallists:
"Australia thought they had their best race, so to beat them on their best day - all athletes want to do that."
"She (GRAINGER) raced that race today. At the 1000m she looked longer and stronger than Australia who are a class crew. We won imperiously."
On her friendship with GRAINGER:
"Kath is my mate. I hope to have a few drinks with her and it's our plan to go on holiday to Macchu Pichu."
Margot SHUMWAY (USA) after finishing sixth in the women's double sculls final with Sarah TROWBRIDGE (USA) at Eton Dorney on Friday.
Margot SHUMWAY (USA)
On her pairing with Sarah, who was a rival at collegiate level:
"Sarah and I are rivals in more ways than just collegiate, but we respect each other and joke around about it."
On how Sarah is after the race:
"She's just trying to figure out how to walk again."
On how she felt just after crossing the finish line:
"Yeah there was just a lot of pain, just physical. I grabbed Sarah and told her I was proud of her. We have nothing to be ashamed of."
On her plans for tonight and the rest of the Olympics:
"It'll just be nice to get away, to go out and get some dinner, have some wine. Then tomorrow I'll come back here and watch the races, support the rest of the guys on the team."