Aug. 1, 2012
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WINDSOR, England - In one of the most thrilling rowing races of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, the Germans surged to a first-place finish and the gold medal in the men's eight at Lake Dorney on Wednesday.
Team USA, which included Badger alums Grant and Ross James, finished three-tenths of a second behind third-place Great Britain, just missing the medal podium in one of Olympic rowing's high-profile events.
Despite the disappointment in not medaling, the U.S. boat has made tremendous strides since acquiring Mike Teti as its head coach. The men's eight was nonexistent this time last season and due to Teti's expertise and experience, are now a formidable force within the sport of international rowing.
Canada failed to defend its gold medal from the Beijing games, finishing second, while Britain, who remained competitive with Germany for much of the race settled for the bronze.
Germany won the gold in a time of 5:48.75, and is still unbeaten since 2009. The Germans entered the Olympics as the heavy-favorites to win the gold, fulfilling everyone's expectations with the country's first gold in the men's eight since the country was unified in 1990.