NEW HAVEN, Conn. – On Tuesday, USRowing announced that Charlie Cole '07 would be rowing in the USA men's eight that will compete at the 2010 World Rowing Championships in Lake Karapiro, New Zealand, in early November.
This race will mark Cole's first appearance in the eight at the senior level. After rowing seven seat for a victorious Oxford crew in the 2008 Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race, Cole began rowing the pair for the U.S. senior national team. His pair earned a bronze medal at the 2009 Rowing World Cup in Lucerne, Switzerland, and finished fifth at the 2009 World Rowing Championships in Poznan, Poland.
Among Cole's teammates in the Lake Karapiro eight are 2004 Olympic gold medalist Jason Read and 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Dan Walsh. Also in the lineup is 2009 USRowing Male Athlete of the Year and Cole's former pair partner from the 2009 season, David Banks. Cole is one of four rowers in the eight returning to the world championships after competing last year in Poznan.
At Yale, Cole was a history major in Pierson College. He won a bronze medal in the freshman eight event at IRA's, and as an upperclassman he rowed in the first varsity eight all three years. As a junior his crew finished sixth in the grand final of the IRA, and as a senior won the silver medal at Eastern Sprints. Cole wrapped up his collegiate rowing career as a member of the winning Yale crew at the 142nd Harvard-Yale Boat Race in 2007.
The 2010 rowing season is Cole's seventh on the U.S. national team. Before coming on to the senior national team in 2009, he rowed for two years in the eight at Junior Worlds. From 2006 to 2008 he was on the U23 national team, rowing once in the quad and twice in the eight.
Cole lives in Princeton, N.J., where he balances life as a world-class rower with life as an entrepreneur. Cole and teammate Jake Cornelius (also rowing in the eight headed to Lake Karapiro) are the founders and owners of Milestone Academic Counseling, which offers academic coaching, subject tutoring and SAT preparation for high school students.
The 2010 World Rowing Championships is set to take place from Oct. 31 to Nov. 7 on Lake Karapiro in New Zealand. The event will attract more than 1,000 athletes from around the world competing in 26 different boat classes.
Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity