Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Veteran Canadian Rowing Coxswain Brian Price Announces Retirement

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Veteran Canadian Rowing Coxswain Brian Price Announces Retirement

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Veteran rowing coxswain Price retires

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TORONTO - Veteran rowing coxswain Brian Price, who paced the Canadian men's eight to a gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, announced his retirement Tuesday.

A three-time Olympian and world champion, the 38-year-old Price also helped Canada to a silver medal at the 2012 London Games.

"I've accomplished more in the sport than I ever dreamed possible as a young kid," Price said in a release. "It's been an amazing career, and I have so many people to thank. Specifically, all the hard-working, talented rowers I've had the pleasure of competing with, and the exemplary coaching and friendship I received from (former Canadian coach) Mike Spracklen."

Price was diagnosed with cancer when he was a child and the treatment he received affected his growth. His five-foot-four, 120-pound frame was ideal for a coxswain, the member of the team who sits at the back of the boat directs the crew.

"Brian was hands down the best coxswain in the world during the years that I had the privilege of rowing with him," said former teammate Kyle Hamilton, the captain of the 2008 crew. …

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