Pain Contest

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Leaving the dock

I’m especially interested in the article below because I did a feature last summer on the Canadian Men’s Eight and their Erg (ergometer/indoor rowing machine) training called “Pain Contest”.

Here’s the video about the Beijing gold-medal winning crew; below is an article about a sensational Danish rower who has broken the world record on the Erg twice this year …

Erg versus water, that is the question

The indoor rowing machine, or ergometer, love or loath it, the machine has become a vital training tool for rowers. Today at the 2009 World Rowing Championships in Poznan, Poland, world record holder on the erg, Henrik Stephansen raced on the water. Denamark Lightweight Double

Coming from Denmark, Stephansen is part of a rowing programme that does not always have the luxury of rowing on the water. It is often too cold and sometimes too rough. So Danish Rowing has adapted by training indoors. Earlier this year lightweight athlete Stephansen went under six minutes over 2000m on the indoor rowing machine. His time of 5:58.5 set a World Record that was previously thought unachievable.

Read the entire article here.

Queen of Jamaican sprinting just misses 100m podium

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fraser 100m champion2The huge generational shift in Jamaican sprinting continues. Yesterday, Shelly-Ann Fraser took the gold in the women’s 100m final, pushing Veronica Campbell-Brown off the podium in the premier women’s speed event. Since becoming the World Youth 100m champion in 1999, VCB has been a fixture of Jamaican sprinting and she is not going now without a fight.

Photo © Kevin Teichroeb
Photo © Kevin Teichroeb
She became Olympic champion in the 200m in Athens and then duplicated that result again in the 200m in Beijing. In between she became the 2007 100m World Champion in Osaka. No Jamaican woman has ever had so much success. Watch out for Veronica this Friday in the 200.

Here’s a feature I produced about VCB last summer.

Berlin 2009 WOMEN’S 100m RESULTS

Position Lane Bib Athlete Country Mark React
1 3 528 Shelly-Ann Fraser JAM 10.73
2 4 531 Kerron Stewart JAM 10.75
3 5 1003 Carmelita Jeter USA 10.90
4 6 522 Veronica Campbell-Brown JAM 10.95

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Setting sights on World podium

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Sheryl Preston (front) and Lindsay Jennerich (rear) training in the Women’s Lightweight Doubles in preparation for the World Rowing Championships to be held from August 23-30 in Poznan, Poland.

Preston and Jennerich have been on the podiumjennerich and preston setting out several times this summer on the World Cup circuit, most recently winning a bronze at the prestigious Lucerne Regatta in Switzerland.

They’ll be joined at the World Championships by another contending lightweight crew and a vastly different edition of the Canadian Men’s Eight.

All the crews training at Elk Lake are following in the wake of a dominating gold medal performance by the Canadian M8+ at the Beijing Olympics last summer. And the results so far have been impressive.

vandor sylvester 2Lightweight Doubles partners Doug Vandor and Cam Sylvester (pictured left) recently won a silver medal in Lucerne and are looking for a similar podium result at the Worlds.

Gabe Bergen and Steve van KnotsenburgThe new Men’s Eight has quickly taken up the challenge of filling the large shoes of last year’s gold medal-winning crew by picking up a silver of their own at Lucerne.

The new crew draws from talent across the country. Coxed by Mark Laidlaw, from Mississauga, Ont., the Eight now consists of Derek O’Farrell of Unionville, Ont., Steve Van Knotsenburg of Beamsville, Ont., James Dunaway of Duncan, B.C., Malcolm Howard of Victoria, Toronto’s Andrew Byrnes, Doug Csima of Oakville, Ont., Gabe Bergen of 100 Mile House, B.C., and Rob Gibson of Kingston, Ont.

The next quadrennial is looking very good for Rowing Canada.

“The fierce Tyson Gay is out on the track”

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This is a feature I did on Tyson Gay last summer for the Beijing Olympics. The soft-spoken track star is mounting a comeback this year after a hamstring injury destroyed his Olympic summer last year. He had hopes of following up his spectacular double World Championships gold in Osaka in the 100m and 200m with Olympic gold. It wasn’t to be.

Judging by his times this season, he looks like he’s headed for redemption in August in Berlin. Everyone else has already awarded the races to Usain Bolt. Promising showdown.

50 metre reps

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50 metre reps, originally uploaded by inklake.

Gary Reed doing 50 metre reps for our cameraman at the gull-dropping encrusted track at the University of Victoria.


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Kyle Hamilton, stroke of the Men’s Olympic Eight. This photo was featured in an ad campaign for Rowing Canada.

stroke, originally uploaded by inklake.


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Brian Price, cox of the Men’s gold medal winning Olympic Eight crew.

cox, originally uploaded by inklake.

Gary Reed: “you’ve got to fight like hell …”

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This feature was made just prior to the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

After winning Silver in the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, Reed found himself just out of the medals last summer in Beijing. Despite missing the podium he considers his results to be a major success. So he should. A second and a fourth in successive years among the world’s 800m elite? That’s better than any other middle distance runner in Canadian track history.

Reed: “Finishing fourth at the Olympics is better than finishing 10th, and 10th is better than finishing 20th and so on. Obviously, you want to win a medal. But do I feel better coming fourth at the Olympics as opposed to ’04, when I came 17th? Yeah, I do. It’s a great accomplishment.”