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09/2 2011

Job 1: The Pair is Qualified

heading-to-recovery-stationThank you for all the emails, Tweets and FB comments.  Yes, Scott and I have secured a berth in the men’s pair event for Canada at the 2012 London Olympics Games.  At this regatta in Bled, the top 11 boats earn a berth in London, with 2 spots open at a late qualifier next May in Lucerne.  By finishing second in the semi and advancing to the A final we have secured one of the top 6 spots.

In 2007 the boys who raced the pair for Canada finished in 12th position, 1 short of qualification, forcing Scott and I to qualify the boat late in the 2008 racing season in Poland.  Needless to say it was very stressful and I am glad to have accomplished this very important, and sometimes overlooked step now.

Our focus can shift slightly now to having our best piece of the season tomorrow in the final.

A bit of trivia for you: in 1999 Morgan Crooks and I managed to secure a spot in the pair for the 2000 Sydney Olympics but the M8+Lake Bled missed qualifying by 1 spot.  Morgan and I joined our team mates in the M8+ for the 2000 season and had to race the late qualifier to secure a berth for the boat.  We managed to win the qualifier, Croatia finished second and the Germans did not qualify an 8+ by finishing third.  Sydney was the first Olympic Games in which Germany did not race an 8+.

Does anyone know where my 2000 qualification medal lives?

Our final goes off at 12:52 PM (CET) tomorrow, 3:52 AM (PT).  Wish us luck!

Dave

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