- 25th Anniversary: The last time the men's open and lightweight eights both won at Worlds was 1974, 25 years ago in Lucerne.
- Nine US crews won Olympic spots. Australia and Germany won the most at 11; here's the complete list.
- Top five Medal tally:
- Germany: 11
- United States: 10
- Australia: 7
- Great Britain: 5
- Italy: 5
- Gold medal tally:
- United States: 6
- Germany and Italy: 3
- Silver medal tally:
- Germany: 7
- GBR: 4
- USA, Australia: 3
- Bronze medal tally:
- Canada and Australia: 3
- Italy, Ireland, Russia, Argentina: 2
- Jamie Koven, the US women's double of Carol Skricki and Cindy Brooks, and the pair of Ted Murphy and Sebastian Bea will compete in the Supersprints, Sept. 11 in London.
- Remember that FISA has video from Worlds online.
- QUOTES from the athletes.
- Rachel Quarrell noted in her live race reports that, in every event that Great Britain won silver today, the US won gold.
- Before the racing, Mike Teti asked Jake Wetzel if he "knew the words to our national anthem." Jake has dual citizenship in the US and Canada, and won a medal for Canada last year in the pair. Jake won gold today, stroking the coxed four.
- From the USRowing Media Guide: Ethan Ayer of the US men's 4- is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the tallest person ever to row in Oxford-Cambridge race, or The Boat Race as it is quaintly called.
- row2k advises Flat Wednesday crew members to use Op Gold grants to buy wetsuits.
- Important Gossip Update: FISA RULES ARE IN EFFECT; row2k will be observing FISA rules.
- row2k would like to thank the following for their help in keeping this site crackling this week:
- The athletes, coaches, and staff of the United States rowing squad.
- The coaches and athletes from around the world who talked openly about the World Championships, especially Kris Korzeniowski.
- FISA, especially Matt Smith, Kathleen Di Giacomo, and Leif.
- The Organizing Committee and media folks, especially Grant Dobson.
- Yaz and Roger, for their company, kicks, and hard work.
- Other media folks who shared their knowledge of their country's squads.
- Rachel Quarrell for link-sharing and general webmaster co-conspiracy.
- Aimee Gravelle for minding the shop a bit.
- row2k sponsors and advertisers for helping to foot the bill a bit.
That's a headwind. The temperature dropped 8 degrees Celsius; the wind completely reversed, and the wakes are rolling down the course. It's a headwind day, and a big one at that. The course looks fair, though, so should be interesting.
The Big Eights
Was talking to Bob Ernst, who made some interesting predictions for the lightweight four, though we were just BS'ing and i won't publish them here. But I asked about the eights: "No prediction." Both the men's and women's eights are gonna be great races.
LW 8 Toast
Last night at the Oasis, lightweight men's eight cox and recent Princeton grad Alex Salamini stood on a stool and toasted "A toast to everyone from Princeton!" Cheers resounded loudly.
Without missing a beat, LW men's eight 2-seat Chris Kerber jumped on the same stool, and shouted "A toast to everyone who's NOT from Princeton." Cheers resounded, more loudly.
Cracker Skip Soreiro was buying, row2k was buying, everybody was buying. Kicking it like a gold medal night.
Party? Sure was.
Yesterday, I was wondering about whether or not there was a party Friday night. Well, there sure was, but not one of the details I heard could be printed here. More epic reveling from those folks, this time in Buffalo.
Quote of the Day
When the US LW 8 was on the medal stand, Sean Kamman actually cracked a smile. From the throng around the TV at the boat bays: "That's the first time he's smiled all summer."