BU at the 2012 London Olympic Games Preview: Men's Rowing

GO TERRIERS Meindert Klem and Jozef Klaassen show off their 2008 Dutch Olympic uniforms.
Meindert Klem and Jozef Klaassen show off their 2008 Dutch Olympic uniforms.

July 26, 2012

During the 2012 London Olympic Summer Games on July 27 - August 12, GoTerriers.com will feature a regularly updated blog following the Terriers who will be competing. Fans can expect schedule listings, updated links to watch the competitions, result recaps etc... For the first time ever, NBC will be featuring ALL of the events live online for fans to follow the action. 

Leading up to Friday's Opening Day ceremony, there will be a preview posted each day on the four sports featuring BU athletes: Men's BasketballWomen's BasketballField Hockey and Men's Rowing. There will also be a look back at BU's participation in previous Olympic Games. 

Rowing: NBC Olympics | London Olympics Website | Row2K 

Articles: Unbeaten Run Gives Germany Gold Medal Belief (Reuters) | Who to Watch in London (World Rowing) | Olympic Rowing Preview (Sports Illustrated) | How to Watch Rowing at the London Olympics (Row2K) | History of BU Rowing at the Olympics (BU Today) 

Twitter Updates: @BUAthletics | @JozefKlaassen | @WorldRowing | @Row2K | @L2012Rowing

Featuring 13 Olympians, Boston University has a rich history at the Summer Olympics in the sport of men's rowing and will hope to see more former Terriers earn a medal in London this year.

In the past, Ted Nash ('55) claimed gold in 1960 on the United States' coxless fours boat, and Thomas Moellenkamp ('86) achieved similar success with Germany's eights in 1988. Over the past two decades though, the Terriers have suffered heartbreak. Jonathan Brown ('91) placed fifth in 1996 with the United States' eights, and both Jozef Klaassen ('07) and Meindert Klem ('10) took fourth in 2008 on the Netherlands' eights.

Klaassen and Klem will have the opportunity to create new memories at this year's Olympics though after missing out on a bronze in Beijing by four seconds. Klaassen will return to the Dutch eight boat, while Klem  will row in the coxless pairs. 

To reach London, Klem and his partner Nanne Sluis needed to finish ahead of another Dutch pair (Derek Noordhuis, David Kuiper) at the Belgrade World Cup to make an impression on head coach Dave McGowan, who would make the final decision on which pair would represent the Netherlands at the Olympics. After winning his first heat, Klem's boat finished ahead of the other crew by 10 seconds during the semifinals to earn a spot in the finals. Klem and Sluis took fourth in the 'A' final, missing out on a bronze by eight seconds and a gold by 10.

On paper, BU's best chance to see another Olympic gold medal winner will rest upon Florian Mennigen ('06), who along with his German teammates had a disappointing eighth-place finish in Beijing back in 2008. Winners of the last three World Championships, Mennigen and the German eight boat will be mightily tested by Great Britain. This past May at the Belgrade World Cup, he trailed the British by 0.3 seconds at the 1,000-meter mark but pulled ahead to claim gold by three seconds.

Klaassen and the Dutch eight boat had a strong performance as well with the bronze, missing out on the silver by just 0.3 seconds after trailing the British by nearly four seconds with 500 meters left.

For the Olympics, only eight crews will have the chance to compete for a gold in the eights. The winner of Saturday's heat will avoid Monday's repechage and advance directly to Wednesday's final. 

Klem and his partner will face 12 other crews, starting Saturday. The repechage and semifinals will follow on Monday and Wednesday, respectively, with the final taking place next Friday.

Unfortunately, members of Terrier Nation will have to wake up early in the morning to watch live coverage of the events.

Schedule (All times Eastern)

Saturday, July 28 (Watch Live, starting at 4:25 a.m.) 
M8+ Heats, 5:10 a.m./5:20 a.m. 
M2- Heats, 7:00 a.m./7:10 a.m./7:20 a.m.

Monday, July 30 (Watch Live, starting at 4:20 a.m.) 
M8+ Repechage, 4:50 a.m. 
M2- Repechage, 5:10 a.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 1 (Watch Live, starting at 4:30 a.m.)  
M8+ 'B' Final, 5:30 a.m. 
M2- Semifinals, 6:00 a.m. 
M2- Semifinals, 6:10 a.m. 
M8+ Medals Final, 7:30 a.m.

Friday, Aug. 3 (Watch Live, starting at 4:30 a.m.) 
M2- 'B' Final, 5:20 a.m. 
M2- Medals Final, 6:50 a.m.

The Terriers will have three other connections to this year's Olympics. Representing the United States in 2008 in the lightweight fours, Will Daly ('06) was named an alternate to this year's squad. He will get to travel to London but will only be called upon if there's an injury.

Natalie Dell rowed at Penn State but earned her master's degree in public health at Boston University. She will row in the women's quadruple sculls for the United States.

Boston University strength and conditioning coach Glenn Harris spent this past year training hard with Gevvie Stone, who will represent the U.S. in the women's single sculls.



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