David Calder Shooting For Fourth Olympics
For rowers, competing in an Olympic Games is often the pinnacle for their sport. David Calder (class of 2001) is in preparations to participate in his fourth in the 2012 London Games, which would put him in the upper-echelon of Husky rowers in the Olympics.
Calder - who competes for Canada - is the subject of a profile in the Toronto Star, was recently invited to an intensive team training camp in California, which means he's on a short list for selection to London. The 31-year-old British Columbia native won a silver medal at the Beijing Games in a coxless pair. His goal for 2012 is even higher - a gold.
In the article, Calder talks about seeing the end of his athletic career, and how he wants to achieve the highest spot on the medal podium.
"I have this weird self belief that just won't go away," Calder said to The Star. "I think I've realized that this really is the last kick at the can and I'm prepared to do whatever it takes to win."
There are 28 months separating Calder from London, plenty of time to make sure he's peaking at the most opportune moments. Olympic boat selection can be a cruel venture, and often out of an athlete's control, meaning Calder must be at his best at the right moment.
If that spot for London 2012 does come, it obviously doesn't matter where. Calder feels he's versatile enough to contribute to any boat for Canada.
"I want to be the guy that the coach feels can sit in any boat in any seat and if I can do that, it means I can win in the pair, I can win in the four, I can win in the eight. It doesn't matter."
Calder has his own Web site, where he frequently blogs, and rowing fans can follow his progress towards the Olympics on Twitter as well.
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