Brian Price (rowing)

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Brian Price
Personal information
Full name Brian Price
Nationality Canadian
Born (1976-02-19) February 19, 1976 (age 42)
Belleville, Ontario, Canada
Height 1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)
Weight 55 kg (121 lb)
Sport
Club Quinte Rowing Club

Brian Price (born February 19, 1976) has been the Canadian coxswain of the Men's Eight since 2001. He was born in Belleville, Ontario. Price began rowing on the National Team in 1998 after graduating from Seneca College with a Civil Engineering Technology diploma. The first national team crew that he made was the 1998 development lwt eight. He made the move to the heavyweight men's team in 1999 and competed at the Pan Am Games in Winnipeg.

Price has competed at World Championships in the Eight from 2001–2008, 2011 and has earned three World Championship victories ('02,'03,'07) along with a bronze medal most recently in 2011. He has doubled up in the Eight and Coxed Pair four times and medaled each time with a bronze. His Men's Eight gold medal victories came in 2002 (Seville, Spain), 2003 (Milan, Italy) and 2007 (Munich, Germany). His four World Championship Coxed Pair Bronze medals came in 2003, 2006, 2007 & 2011. He also has multiple World Cup medals to his credit, 5 gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze.

Brian is a survivor of childhood cancer, leukemia ALL. He underwent chemotherapy and a harsh drug regime as a child which effected his thyroid, the organ that regulates growth development. His stunted height and weight made his size of 5'4" tall and 121 lbs. suitable for the position of coxswain. His favorite saying is "Without having had cancer, I would not have become a World and Olympic Champion."[13]

He met his future wife Robbi Stott of Belleville in September 2000 and they were married on December 11, 2004. After having lived in Ottawa after the Athens Olympics for two years, and Robbi becoming a Registered Massage Therapist, they moved back to Victoria in March 2007 so that Brian could train at the Victoria Training Centre full-time. They now reside in Orangeville, ON. Robbi has given birth to two girls, Brianna Helen on May 31, 2007 and most recently their second daughter, Peyton Victoria on January 12, 2010.

Brian is now an Olympic Gold Medalist after dominating the field at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing China. He won the Men's Eight with team mates Kevin Light, Ben Rutledge, Andrew Byrnes, Jake Wetzel, Malcolm Howard, Dominic Sieterle, Adam Kreek and Kyle Hamilton[14] Great Britain won the silver while USA finished with Bronze. The Canadian boat stormed out to a lead right from the start with GB and the USA unable to match their immense power.

Brian decided to take two years away from rowing (2009, 2010) and enjoyed a successful career in the speaking industry. His motivational story of Cancer survival to Olympic Champion resonated with everyone from corporate audiences to elementary schools. As much as he enjoyed speaking, he was drawn back to rowing by a young and motivated group of guys on the Canadian National Team. With Mike Spracklen still at the helm of the Heavy Men's Eight, it was the obvious choice to return to the Eight with the aim of defending gold in London 2012.

With 2011 being his first World Championships back in the boat, it proved to be successful one with improvements coming throughout the season. Canada finished 5th at the prestigious Lucerne World Cup Regatta and improved even more with a Bronze medal at the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled Slovenia. This finish qualified them for the 2012 Olympics (top 7 qualified) and solidified them a legitimate contenders heading into the games.

He won a silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the men's eight. His teammates included Malcolm Howard and Andrew Byrnes, with whom he won gold in 2008. The other six were Gabriel Bergen, Jeremiah Brown, Will Crothers, Douglas Csima, Robert Gibson and Conlin McCabe.[15]

References

  1. ^ "2002 Worlds Results, Men's 8". Retrieved July 7, 2008.
  2. ^ "2003 Worlds Results, Men's 8". Retrieved July 7, 2008.
  3. ^ "2007 Worlds Results, Men's 8". Retrieved July 7, 2008.
  4. ^ "2003 Worlds Results, Men's 2+". Retrieved July 7, 2008.
  5. ^ "2006 Worlds Results, Men's 2+". Retrieved July 7, 2008.
  6. ^ "2007 Worlds Results, Men's 2+". Retrieved July 7, 2008.
  7. ^ "2003 World Cup#3 Results, Men's 8". Retrieved July 7, 2008.
  8. ^ "2004 World Cup#2 Results, Men's 8". Retrieved July 7, 2008.
  9. ^ "2004 World Cup#3 Results, Men's 8". Retrieved July 7, 2008.
  10. ^ "2007 World Cup#3 Results, Men's 8". Retrieved July 7, 2008.
  11. ^ "2008 World Cup#2 Results, Men's 8". Retrieved July 7, 2008.
  12. ^ "2002 World Cup#3 Results, Men's 8". Retrieved July 7, 2008.
  13. ^ Canoe.ca (August 18, 2008). "Brian Price". Canoe.ca. Retrieved August 18, 2008.
  14. ^ The Canadian Press (August 18, 2008). "Gold in Men's Eight, Bronze in Women's Double, Men's Four". TSN.ca. Archived from the original on May 22, 2011. Retrieved August 18, 2008.
  15. ^ Sadler, Emily (January 8, 2012). "Canadian Men's Eight Wins Olympic Silver". CTV Olympics. Archived from the original on August 1, 2012. Retrieved January 8, 2012.

External links

  • Brian's Official Website
  • Rowing Canada Bio (scroll down)
  • Brian's Official Media Page
  • Brian Price at FISA WorldRowing.com
  • Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Brian Price". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on March 5, 2016.
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