Today, we are talking about Canadian Rower Scott Frandsen. He will be representing the mounties at London, but rowed amazingly for Cal:
He rowed for four years at the University of California, Berkeley. His freshman boat in 1999, coached by Craig Amerkhanian finished second at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association championship, which serves as the national championship race for men's collegiate rowing in the USA. In 2000, 2001, and 2002, he was in the varsity eight man boat, which won the IRA championship each year. In 2000 and 2001, his boats were undefeated and are considered by many as the fastest collegiate boats ever.
Let's learn more about another Calympian! More after the jump, GO BEARS!
Here's a look at my Olympic experiences, what I've learned, and how I'll apply those lessons in London.
For my first Olympics, I was in the Canadian men's eight boat and we went in as the clear favourites to win. We were supposed to essentially show up and pick up our gold medals. We went in with impressive race results from the previous two years and a solid, confident mindset. But what we didn't have was a single athlete in the boat who had been to the Olympics before. We finished fifth.
As much as you try to treat it like any other race, the Olympics is simply different. I think the pressure, and the experience as a whole, was slightly overwhelming for such a young group. I can only speak for myself, but I remember being a bit awestruck. Having some veteran experience to guide us through the week of racing might have made a difference.
His website has a bio (with many awesome photos) that gives us an idea of the how last several years have been:
Men's coxless pair:
- David Calder (Victoria)
- Scott Frandsen (Kelowna, B.C.)
Good luck, Scott! GO BEARS!