Deerfield’s Gordon Johnson ’17 wins silver medal with team USA at the World Junior Rowing Championships in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
They saved the best for last yesterday at the final day of the World Junior Rowing Championship. In challenging, windy conditions, it was an exciting finish for the Junior Men’s Eight. Team USA, with Johnson leading his crew from the stroke seat, battled Germany all the way down the 2,000 meter course, ultimately finishing .03 behind the Germans in a photo finish that had both crews anxiously awaiting the official announcement
It has been an exciting year of rowing for Johnson. He and his Deerfield teammates raced to the New England Interscholastic Rowing Association title in May and went on to capture bronze at the US Rowing Youth National Rowing Championship in June.
(Gordon Johnson '17, second from the left)
“Gordon’s result from Rotterdam is truly an outstanding one as he matched up against some of the best junior rowers in the world and came within inches of winning a world championship in an epic race with a great crew from Germany. That result speaks to the consistently good work he’s done over the past couple of years and the level of rower he has developed into. Gordon certainly represented himself, his country, and Deerfield exceptionally well on the world stage! ” said Spencer Washburn, Deerfield boys varsity crew coach
To watch Johnson’s silver medal race visit the link below. Please skip ahead to 5:13 to watch the Junior Men’s Eight race) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FASPAU5IrgY