“I spent months. I had never rowed before, and Martin is someone who has rowed his whole life. Without a doubt, that’s the hardest thing you can attempt to learn in a short period of time. I got there in the end, and I got quite addicted to it and loved it. I actually kept it up while we were shooting, even when there was no need to. I just really enjoyed working with my coach. There are only a couple of brief moments in the film, but there was no way of faking it. There was absolutely no photo double way of shooting any of that stuff. It was a pretty lucky thing to do, to go row on the Thames. It was beautiful.
– Eric Bana (1968- ), during an interview for Collider speaking about his Martin Rose character who rows in the film Closed Circuit.
“The oars gave me power, but also taught me humility.”
– Barry Strauss, Rower, American Historian, Professor of History and Classics at Cornell University, Editor of Princeton History of the Ancient World, and Author of Rowing Against the Current: On Learning to Scull at Forty.
“Not everyday that you are handed 5000 or so ‘rowing cards’ of yourself.”
-Alex Karowski (September 16, 1990 – ), Olympic Rower, World Rowing Championships Silver Medalist 2017.
“As we express our gratitude, we never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy
“In rowing as in life, there are competitors and there are racers. The competitor works hard and rows to his limit. The racer does not think of limits, only the race.”
-Jim Dietz (January 12, 1949-), Rower, Rowing Coach, World Junior Championships 1x Gold Medalist 1967.
“Eight hearts must beat as one in an eight oared shell or you don’t have a crew.”
– George Yeoman Pocock (March 23, 1891 – March 19, 1976), Premier designer and builder of of racing shells, inducted into the USRowing Hall of Fame, 1977 inducted into the Washington State Sports Hall of Fame, 2015.
“A few years ago the dominating winning race strategy was one that encouraged the fastest start. Now we can see a change in this trend, where more and more winners use a more even distribution of effort during the race.”
– Dr. Valery Kleshnev, Rower, Silver Olympic Medalist Quadruple Sculls 1980, Junior World Rowing Championships Gold Medalist 1975, World Rowing Championships Bronze Medalist Quadruple Sculls 1982, and Author of The Biomechanics of Rowing.
“I think, for me, the stroke is built around your body being in the right position… It has to be properly supported, especially the catch and the transition from the catch into suspension. You’re always trying to set it up such that, when you’re putting everything you have into the stroke, it’s translating into boat speed rather than just wailing on it.”
– Esther Lofgren (February 28, 1985- ), Rower, Olympic Gold Medalist 2012.
“From pushing off with your feet to the explosive press of your legs to the final upper-body pullback, all these movements start with an engaged core and midsection. Even 10 minutes of rowing can strengthen your core unlike any other sport.
– Nick Karwoski, Triathlete, rower and trainer.
“You just have to do the best you can with what you’ve got and sometimes magic strikes.” 💫
– Sally Field (b. November 6, 1946), Actor, Director, Author, Academy Award recipient 2x, Primetime Emmy Award recipient, Golden Globe Award recipient 2x, Screen Actors Guild Award recipient and nominee for both the Tony And BAFTA Awards.