July 12, 2004
Stanford Senior Jamie Schroeder has earned a seat in the U.S. Olympic straight four at this summer's Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Schroeder has been a member of the Stanford Men's Crew in 2002 and 2003. Jamie took this past season off to train with the U.S. National team in Princeton, New Jersey. He returns to Stanford for his senior season this fall.
Transferring to Stanford in 2001, Jamie and head coach Craig Amerkhanian defined individual and team goals that would lead to the 2004 Olympics. Bursting onto International prominence by wining the 2002 and 2003 Crash B World Indoor Rowing Championship Jamie exhibited the heart, lung, and strength that define his athleticism. After his sophomore collegiate season he earned a seat in Coach Chris Clark's U.S. under 23 Eight that won gold at the Nation's Cup competition in Genoa, Italy in 2002. In the summer of 2003 Jamie made his first Senior World Championship team, finishing 7th in the straight four.
These accomplishments are significant, especially since Jamie had only rowed for three seasons. Stanford coach Craig Amerkhanian describes Schroeder as "exceptionally driven and goal oriented. Jamie has been blessed with immense desire and a strong family. His making the Olympic team is a statement not only to his talent but durability and tenacity. Jamie also speaks fluent mandarin, so this may be just the beginning of his Olympic legacy."
Jamie is the 11th Stanford Men's Crew Olympian. He is the only undergraduate on the U.S. Men's Olympic Rowing Team in 2004. Jamie is the latest in a long list of legendary Stanford Men's Crew Olympians:
1952 Jim Beggs, Jim Fifer, Duvall Hecht
1956 Dan Ayrault, Duvall Hecht, Jim Fifer, Kurt Siefert
1960 Dan Ayrault, Dick Draeger, Kent Mitchell, Kurt Siefert
1964 Kent Michell, Ed Ferry, Dick Lyon
1968 Larry Hough
1972 Dick Lyon, Larry Hough
2004 James Schroeder Notes: Schroeder is one of five Olympians Coach Amerkhanian has coached at one time in this summers games. Stanford Rowing Day Camps continue through the summer at the Stanford Rowing and Sailing Center, call Jon Allbin for information (650-736-1840). October 16, 2005 is the inagural "Strides for Life" walk for the prevention of Colin cancer. This walk will honor the memory of former Serra High School and University of Wisconsin rower Dylan Capell.