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Pete Reed

Full name: Peter "Pete" Reed
Nickname(s): Commander Pete
Gender: Male
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)
Weight: 225 lbs (102 kg)
Born: July 27, 1981 in Seattle, Washington, United States
Affiliations: Leander Club, Henley-on-Thames (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Rowing

Medals: 2 Gold (2 Total)

Biography

Pete Reed was born in the Pacific Northwest of the USA but was still a baby when his family moved to the west of England. As a teenager he excelled at rugby and basketball but especially American Football where he played for the British national junior team. At the age of 18 he joined the Royal Navy where his talent for rowing was discovered when he set a service record on the ergometer at his first attempt. Reed first sat in a boat in 2002 whilst studying to become a naval engineer at the University of the West of England and twelve months later competed at the World under 23 Championships. He missed selection for the 2004 Olympics but, as an established member of the national coxless four, helped his crew to dominate the 2005 and 2006 seasons and win the World Championship and World Cup titles in both years. After a poor performance at the 2007 World Championships where they failed to win a medal the quartet returned to form at the Beijing Olympics where they outsprinted the Australian crew to claim the gold medal. Reed was granted a leave of absence by the Royal Navy to continue training for the 2012 Games and teamed with Andrew Triggs Hodge to campaign in the coxless pair. The duo have been silver medal winners at all three World Championships between 2009 and 2011 and were beaten on each occasion by the New Zealand pair of Bond and Murray. Reed's lung capacity was measured in tests conducted at the English Institute of Sport to be over 11.5 litres – the highest ever recorded for a sportsman.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
2008 Summer 27 Beijing Rowing Men's Coxless Fours Great Britain GBR 1 Gold
2012 Summer 30 London Rowing Men's Coxless Fours Great Britain GBR 1 Gold

Men's Coxless Fours

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit T L
2008 Summer 27 Beijing Rowing Great Britain GBR Final Round A Final 6:06.57 4
2008 Summer 27 Beijing Rowing Great Britain GBR Semi-finals A/B Heat One 5:54.77 4
2008 Summer 27 Beijing Rowing Great Britain GBR Round One Heat One 6:00.59 3
2012 Summer 30 London Rowing Great Britain GBR Final Round A Final
2012 Summer 30 London Rowing Great Britain GBR Semi-Finals Heat One
2012 Summer 30 London Rowing Great Britain GBR Round One Heat Two