July 17, 2008
LONDON, United Kingdom - Born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and raised in the United States, Josh West '98 came to Yale never having touched an oar. Today, he is poised to make his second appearance at the Olympic Games for Great Britain.
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. At Yale, West majored in geology and international studies.
After Yale, West attended graduate school at Cambridge University and joined the Cambridge University Boat Club. He earned a spot in the Blue Boat for The Boat Race against Oxford University all four years from 1999 to 2002. West and the "Light Blues" bested the "Dark Blues" in two out of four encounters (1999 and 2001). In 2000, West lined up against former Yale teammates Alexander Reid '99 and Eirik Lilledahl '98, who were the stern pair of the victorious Oxford crew. At 6-foot-10, West has the distinction of being the tallest competitor in the history of the University Boat Race.
West's success at Cambridge has lead him to represent Great Britain on numerous occasions, the highlights of which are listed below.
2004 9th M8+
World Rowing Championships
2007 Bronze M8+
2006 5th M8+
2005 4th M8+
2003 Silver M4-
2002 Silver M4-
2001 5th M8+
West completed his doctorate at Cambridge in 2005 and currently teaches and does research at Oxford.
The rowing competition at the 2008 Olympics begins on August 9.
Report filed by Dominique Fenton '10, Yale Sports Publicity