Former OSU Rower Joey Hansen Wins Gold With U.S. Eight
Aug. 22, 2004
SCHINIAS, Greece - - Former Oregon State University rower Joey Hansen won an Olympic gold medal as a member of the United States Men's Eight on Monday as the U.S. edged The Netherlands by 1.27 seconds to end a 40-year Olympic gold-medal drought.The U.S. crew took the lead off the start and never permitted a serious challenge as it went wire-to-wire to win gold with a time of five minutes, 42.48 seconds over the 2,000-meter course. The Netherlands won silver in 5:43.75, and Australia claimed bronze in 5:45.38.Germany (5:49.43), Canada (5:51.66) and France (5:53.31) rounded out the heat.Hansen is a four-time member of the U.S. National Team, earning a seat in the heavyweight eight the summer after concluding his OSU career with his third consecutive All-Pac-10 selection under then-coach Dave Reischman.Reischman is now the head coach at Syracuse University.Hansen, from Bakersfield, Calif., lettered at OSU from 1999-2001 as a member of the varsity eight, helping the Beavers to eighth, 13th and 10th, respectively, at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association national championships each year.The gold was the first Olympic medal for the U.S. since winning bronze in 1988 and the first gold medal since 1964.