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Go Purple, Win Gold: Huskies at the 2012 Olympics—Rowing for Canada

Just this morning, the Canadian men’s eight took the silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Three Huskies were in the boat. Let’s meet them now!

Rob Gibson, Canada, ’09, Rowing

Rob Gibson

Rob Giblson, ’09, Canada, Rowing

Rob Gibson got his first taste of Olympic success in 2008, when, while still a UW undergrad,  he was a spare on the Canadian rowing team that won gold in Beijing. But the 2009 graduate is no one’s alternate this summer: Gibson, along with fellow Huskies Conlin McCabe and Will Crothers, took the silver medal as part of the Canadian men’s eight rowing team in London. While at UW, Gibson, along with Crothers, helped power the Huskies to national championships in 2007 and 2009. The Kingston, Ontario, native rowed as a junior with the undefeated varsity team that won gold medals at the Pac-10 Championships and the 2007 Intercollegiate Rowing Association Regatta. Citing the legacy of crew victories, the strong academics at Washington, the generally mild temperatures allowing for year-round rowing on multiple bodies of water, Gibson told the UW Daily, “Rowing at Washington really is the ideal location for a Canadian rower looking to take the next step.

Conlin McCabe, Canada, Rowing

Conlin McCabe

Conlin McCabe, Canada, Rowing

Much like many of his fellow Canadians, Conlin McCabe first gravitated toward hockey as a child in Brockville, Ontario. But by high school, McCabe had traded his hockey stick for an oar and found his calling on the water. The 21-year-old just won the silver medal in his Olympics debut as part of Canada’s men’s eight rowing team. McCabe was named Male Athlete of the Year at Brockville Collegiate Institute in 2008 and quickly made a splash at the University of Washington. The Geography major was part of the freshman eight that went undefeated in 2009, winning gold medals at both the Pac-10 Championships and the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships in the process. McCabe is junior at the UW, where he is studying Geography. He has taken the year off to train for the Olympics.

Will Crothers, Canada, ’09, Rowing

Will Crothers

Will Crothers, ’09, Canada

It didn’t take long for Will Crothers to make a splash on the water. The Kingston, Ontario, native started rowing in 2001 and first found success two years later. During the 2003-2004 season, Crothers won his first gold medal in the men’s heavyweight pair at the Canadian High School Championships. Crothers’ rise continued at the University of Washington, where he helped the Huskies to a pair of undefeated seasons — and two national titles — before graduating in 2009. Crothers won the silver medal in his Olympics debut with Canada’s men’s eight rowing team.

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