Adam Kreek

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Adam Kreek
Kreek in 2011
Medal record
Representing  Canada
Summer Olympics
Gold 2008 Beijing Men's Eight
World Championships
Gold 2002 Seville Men's Eight
Gold 2003 Milan Men's Eight
Gold 2007 Munich Men's Eight
World Cup
Bronze 2002 Lucerne Men's Eight
Gold 2003 Lucerne Men's Eight
Gold 2004 Munich Men's Eight
Gold 2004 Lucerne Men's Eight
Gold 2007 Linz Men's Eight
Gold 2007 Lucerne Men's Eight
Gold 2008 Lucerne Men's Eight
Royal Henley Regatta
Grand Challenge Cup
Gold 2002 Men's Eight
Gold 2003 Men's Eight
Gold 2007 Men's Eight

Adam Kreek (born December 2, 1980) is a Canadian rower. Born in London, Ontario, he was a student at the University of Victoria where he met his wife Rebecca. He won the gold medal at both the 2003 and 2002 world championships for Canada's men's eight team in Milan, Italy and Seville, Spain respectively. At the 2004 Summer Olympics, Kreek competed with the Canadian men's eight, who were widely expected to win a medal but ultimately finished in fifth place.[1] After the Olympics he moved to Stanford University to complete a degree in Geotechnical Engineering and Hydrology and continue his rowing career there under Coach Craig Amerkhanian. In 2005 Kreek took the summer off to get married and spend time with his wife. Kreek coached at Stanford Rowing Center in 2006 and 2007 for the Junior Crew.

He won a gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in the men's eights with Andrew Byrnes, Kyle Hamilton, Malcolm Howard, Kevin Light, Ben Rutledge, Dominic Seiterle, Jake Wetzel and cox Brian Price.[2] Kreek's singing of O Canada at the medal ceremony was cited as an inspiration by Simon Whitfield, who won a silver medal in the triathlon. Whitfield wrote "Sing like Adam Kreek" on the handlebars of his bicycle and repeated "Sing like Kreek" to himself near the end of the race.[3]

His grandfather Aleksander Kreek was an Estonian shot putter and the 1938 European champion in the event, before he emigrated to Canada in the 1950s.[4]


  1. ^ Holton, Kate (2008-08-17). "Men's eight trained through snow and sleet for gold". Vernon Morning Star. Retrieved 2008-08-21. [dead link]
  2. ^ The Canadian Press (2008-08-18). "Gold in Men's Eight, Bronze in Women's Double, Men's Four". Retrieved 2008-08-18. 
  3. ^ Arthur, Bruce (2008-08-19). "Whitfield's silver as good as gold". National Post. Archived from the original on 22 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-21. 
  4. ^ Aleksander Kreek. Eesti Spordi Biograffiline Leksikon. Retrieved on 2014-10-19.

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