NEW YORK, N.Y. - Olympic Champion and Temple Women's Rowing head coach Jason Read '03 (SBM), will lead an Opening Ceremony celebration this evening at the New York Athletic Club for the kickoff of the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England.
The New York Athletic Club (NYAC) boasts more Olympic medalists and Olympians than any other club in the world. At this year's London Games, the NYAC will have 55 athletes representing, 4 countries, and competing in Fencing, Judo, Modern Pentathlon, Rowing, Swimming, Table Tennis, Track & Field (Athletics), Triathlon, Water Polo and Wrestling.
“The NYAC has a very large foot print at the Olympic Games," Read, a life member of the NYAC, said. "The club fosters excellence, produces champions, and Team USA is better because of the impenetrable legacy of sport that the NYAC has advanced. There's no other place in the world like it.”
In June at the Olympic pair trials in Princeton, N.J., after having won his heat with partner Nareg Guregian (Cal '10), Read suffered a severe back spasm that prevented the duo from racing in the semi-final, effectively ending a third Olympic campaign.
About the New York Athletic Club:
Read, a 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist and a 2008 Olympic team member was a member of 2011 Pan American team where he was elected Team Captain of the United States delegation. He was the American flag bearer at opening ceremonies in Guadalajara, Mexico. While at Temple, Read a 2000 All-America, led Dr. Gavin White's Men's varsity eight crew to four Dad Vail Regatta and Big East Championships, the first person to ever do this from the stroke seat.
Founded in 1868, the New York Athletic Club has a unique history. The Club's founding premise was to bring structure to a sporting environment that was lacking in organization and uniformity of measurement. Quickly, the NYAC organized the first United States championships in boxing, wrestling and outdoor track and field. Today, the New York City Club House and Traverse Island athletic complex stand in tribute to an unmatched athletic history and a never- ending commitment to the pursuit of sporting excellence.