My vote goes to Tufte, back to back Olympic Golds in the single (and that's hard, because it's no secret how much I love Mahe).
Cudos to all the teams but the challenge to a high school team is staying being committed to rowing which at Malvern means lifting 5 days, being on the river 6 days, going to school 5 days a week, 7 hours a day, plus studying - you have more time to your sport in College. Nonetheless -- congrats to all but we are pulling for Malvern.
P.S. I'm gonna throw a shout out to the Aussie pair too, those guys can drink. Anyone remember Shooters in BJ?
Don't tell me that the Wisco men deserve this because they were walk ons. If they'd lined up next to the CAN M8+ and beaten them... then we can talk some about miraculous happenings with walk ons. And that's coming from a walk on. And pardon me: but it's much easier to say "I knew they were going to win" in hindsight, don't you think? If you think the US W8+ or the CAN M8+ won those medals by pulling up to the line thinking it was going to be a gimme or "expected", you are in the wrong sport. It's not over until it's over, and those crews earned those medals by busting their asses harder than anyone else in the world, and respecting the speed and talent of their competitors, got it? A medal at the highest level of our sport is and always will be the most deserving of an award like this.
no doubt surely... i am amazed!