Nick Mead from Stafford is competing with the United States Rowing Olympic Team men’s 8 in the Tokyo Olympics, writes Justin Feil for towntopics.com.
“I’m unbelievably excited,” said Mead, a 2017 Princeton University graduate, and a former men’s heavyweight star rower for the Tigers.
Mead has put everything into his training since graduating. It’s come with sacrifices. He’s slept on the floor of the Princeton University boathouse.
He’s lived in the Oakland, Calif. area since 2018, away from family and friends, missing weddings and reunions.
“Definitely the last four years since I graduated in 2017, everything has been dictated by the training schedule and putting myself in the best position to make the team, which was difficult,” said Mead.
The sacrifices paid off when he was selected to the national team.
“Here, if you don’t make it in the end, you did make all those sacrifices and you can say I went for it, but it’s tough at the end; you don’t get to race at all or feel like you’re a part of the team.”
The eights rowing competition opened July 25 with finals scheduled July 30 at the Sea Forest Waterway in Tokyo.
Read more at towntopics.com about Nick Mead.
Here’s an athletic spotlight video on Nick Mead from US Rowing.