2004 Olympic Coxless Four Final
This Olympic final was one of the most exciting races ever seen. It pitted the World Champion Canadian crew of Cameron Baerg, Thomas Herschmiller, Jake Wetzel and Barney Williams, against four of the finest rowers ever to have crewed in England. Only five time Olympic champion, legendary British rower Sir Steven Redgrave was not in this crew.
To reach the finals, Canada won its first heat by over 2 seconds ahead of Poland, advancing them directly to the Semifinals, as did Great Britain in the second heat with an identical 2 second victory over Italy. In heat 3, Australia and New Zealand also advanced. Through the semifinals, all six of these crews advanced to the finals.
The Great Race: The lead changed hands between Canada and Britain several times over the 2000 metre race. The British crew, with Matthew Pinsent attempting to win his fourth consecutive Olympic Gold Medal, and crewmates James Cracknell, Steve Williams and Ed Coode, took an early lead, holding it a large part of the race. Then the Canadians made their move. Rushing the slide with each high rated stroke, causes a short check of the boat speed on each stroke recovery. I’ll leave the suspenseful final photo finish of one boat winning by a bow ball (3 inches) for you to see.
Canadian Olympian Kevin Light put together a collage of Canadian rowers using a narration from an unusual source. It is one of the most recommended videos for novice and competitive rowers alike. Al Pacino’s locker room peptalk from the football film “Any Given Sunday” overlays the dynamics of beautiful teamwork and the demands of perseverance in rowing to gain those inches on the opponents in any race. Turn up the sound!
Why We Row (Inspirational Video)
This 2 minute truly inspirational video is an uplifting commentary for every underdog preparing for a race. “Passion trumps strength” and “Once the race starts, throw out the script!” This should be required viewing for every high school rower and every parent of a rower.
Best Description of Rowing "EVER!"