Here is how I won Olympic gold in the single scull, a life changing experience thanks to my elite rowing coaches.

 Thanks to elite coaches and others: 

This gold medal would not have been possible without the great support I received from family and coaches.  I may be the only person sitting in the boat, yet there is a number of people who were catalysts for this achievement. 

  • Elite Coaches:  Harry Mahon - NZ; Marty Aitken - AUS, Scott Roop - USA (Brown), Steve Gladstone - USA (Harvard-Cal-Brown-Yale), 
  • Family: My mom Edith and my dad Peter who is the recipient of the kiss I blew to the sky once I crossed the finish line; my sister Alexia who put up with a lot of rowing talk, my grandparents Opa and Omi.
  • Sponsors: Red Bull, Swiss Sports Help, IBM.
  • Rowing Federation: Daniel Homberger
  • Physio Therapist: Frans Rompen CH, John Balletto RI, and Mark Dixon CA. 

Final 500M split time, 1:36.56, is the fastest split time ever clocked in the single scull in the final 500 of a world championships or Olympic Games.

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