August 18, 2008

Josh West '98 and British Eight Win Silver in Beijing

Aug. 18, 2008

BEIJING, China - On the Shunyi racecourse, the British crew of Alex Partridge, Tom Stallard, Tom Lucy, Richard Egington, Josh West `98, Alastair Heathcote, Matt Langridge, Colin Smith and coxswain Acer Nethercott took the silver medal in 5:25.11. The Americans followed their gold medal in the Athens Games with the bronze medal in a time of 5:25.34, just .23 seconds behind the British. The Canadian crew won the event, becoming the first world champion crew to follow up with Olympic gold in 35 years. They won gold with a time of 5 minutes, 23.89 seconds.

West, on the results: "We're a bit disappointed to be honest, because we were going for gold. We didn't get it and it's frustrating because we didn't row the best we can; but all credit to the Canadians - they rowed a great race and took it to us. To be on the podium is still very exciting though, and it's great to be here. This goes a long way to making up for Athens; it's a very different experience to be near the front rather than at the back."

Born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and raised in the United States, Josh West came to Yale having never touched an oar. West started rowing as a freshman at Yale at age 17 under Freshman Coach Justin Moore and Varsity Coach Dave Vogel. He participated in the 4-mile Varsity Eights version of the Yale-Harvard Regatta his senior year. Today, he is an Olympic silver-medallist for Great Britain.

Report filed by Dominique Fenton '10, Yale Sports Publicity

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