Aug. 4, 2012
ETON DORNEY, United Kingdom - In the last race featuring a Washington rowing alum, Scott Gault won bronze in the open four as USRowing had yet another impressive performance at the London 2012 Olympics.
The United States finished the 2,000-meter course on Lake Dorney Saturday morning in a time of 6:07.20. Host nation Great Britain (6:03.97) won the gold, followed by Australia (6:05.19) in silver.
Considering the competition the USA was grouped with, any boat that reached the medal podium warranted praise. Going into the event, the British were considered heavy favorites, having won this event in the 2008, 2004, and 2000 Olympics.
"We're on the podium. It was a great job," Gault, a 2005 UW graduate, said to the Row2k.com website. "We laid down a powerful rhythm and pounded the course, and now we can go home with a smile on our faces. Before the end we had nothing left, and in the last 250m we put everything on the water."
Gault's bronze now gives the Huskies seven medals at these Olympics, the most since the school famously won nine golds at the 1936 Games in Berlin.
And it reaffirms the program's mantra of preparing its student-athletes to race at international level. Twelve athletes with UW affiliation - more than any other collegiate program - were picked for these Olympics, and seven are coming home with medals.