Photograph: Werner Schmidt

Friday, June 22, 2012

The British Stroke

Yesterday, HTBS received an e-mail from Conrad Brunner, executive producer at Atomized Entertaining. The company has produced a series of videos for the web called The Squad which are following the GB Rowing Team mens’ sweep squad through winter training as they aim to secure a seat for London 2012. About the latest one, ‘The British Stroke’ (above), Conrad writes,

“This feature is based on an interview with Martin Cross, whom we caught up with at Hampton School, London, (where the Searle brothers learnt to row). Martin represented the Great Britain Rowing Team from 1980 to 1992, winning a bronze medal at the 1980 games in Moscow (M4-), and a gold medal (M4+) alongside Steve Redgrave at Los Angeles in 1984. He is the author of Olympic Obsession: The Inside Story of Britain’s Most Successful Sport, covers rowing for BBC Radio 5 Live (his commentary on the eventful 2012 Boat Race was particularly memorable), and remains an active rower. You can follow Martin on twitter: @martcrossy – there are additional comments from Tom Ransley (GB M8+), David Tanner, Performance Director of GB Rowing Team, and Robert Treharne Jones of the Leander Club.”

The series are very well made and you can watch previous videos here.

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