Thomas Larsen (DEN, M2-, stroke)
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This is my first time at the Olympics. First of all, the
experience of seeing an Olympic Games is big I think, but of
course, I’ve been training all my life so I’m not just going
there to be a tourist. I will try to do my best. We are not in a
medal position, but we’ll go for top six. I haven’t done
anything but train for this - I did full-time training this
year and took a year away from my university agricultural
studies. My girlfriend, my mom and dad, and my sister
will be there, so it will be a big family experience.
(AUS, M2x, bow)
Michal Stawowski (POL, M8+, 2 seat)
Every rower who is going to Beijing wants to have the best placing they can. Eight men’s
eights will be at the start, so if we go to the final it will be great. I will have my father come
watch in Beijing. For good luck, I have my special underwear. I hope to go watch some of
the other Polish athletes – we have men’s and women’s volleyball and men’s handball.
I studied Chinese back
in school, unfortunately
I forgot a lot of it but I am
looking forward to catching up a bit
again. I am also sure that there will
be many Australian supporters and
tourists in China which will be just
great for us.
Mahe Drysdale (NZL, M1x)
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I’m looking forward to the experience. It’s going to be quite different from Athens.
Most of my family, my girlfriend and friends will be coming - about 12 to 15
people - plus all the parents of the New Zealand rowers - about 80 - will come. My
tour in Beijing last September was to go and get an idea of Beijing.