Jason Read

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Jason Read
Medal record
Men's rowing
Representing the  United States
Summer Olympics
Gold medal – first place 2004 Athens Men's eight
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 2003 Milan Men's eight
World Cup
Gold medal – first place 2004 Lucerne Men's four
Gold medal – first place 2001 Princeton Men's eight
Pan American Games
Gold medal – first place 2011 Guadalajara Men's eight

Jason Read is a rower who rowed in the bow seat in the 2004 Summer Olympics Gold medal-winning U.S. Men's Rowing Team Eight.

Read was born and raised in the Ringoes section of East Amwell Township, New Jersey.[1] He attended the Hun School of Princeton, where he took up rowing, continuing the sport at Temple University. As volunteer chief of the Amwell Valley - Ringoes Rescue Squad in Ringoes, he was among those who responded after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.[2]

Read was a member of the U.S. rowing team for the 2008 Summer Olympics.[1]

Read is a 13-time United States National Rowing team member. Since the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, he has worked to promote volunteerism, rowing and the Olympic movement throughout the United States. Jason became involved in rowing as the mascot for the Hun School’s rowing team in 1990 as a sixth grader and began coxing in eighth grade, the same year Jason began a distinguished volunteer career in emergency services. He is the only person from USRowing to be named “Man of the Year” twice, as he was recognized in 2001 following rescue operations at Ground Zero and again in 2004 after he and his teammates earned the Olympic gold medal in Athens.

In August 2011, Read was named as the Head Coach of Women's Rowing at Temple University by Athletic Director Bill Bradshaw.

He currently trains at USRowing's Princeton Training Center at Princeton University where he is also a Fellow of Butler College.

Awards and honors[edit]

  • 2001: James E. Sullivan Award: Finalist
  • 2001: Arete Lifetime Accomplishment in Sport
  • 2001: USOC Rower of the Year
  • 2001: USRowing Man of the Year
  • 2004: USRowing Man of the Year
  • 2005: New Jersey Governor's Award - Public Safety
  • 2005: The Hun School of Princeton Athletic Hall of Fame
  • 2005: New York Athletic Club Hall of Fame
  • 2010: National Rowing Foundation Hall of Fame
  • 2011: Pan American Games Opening Ceremony Flag Bearer and Team Captain
  • 2012: James E. Sullivan Award: Finalist


  1. ^ a b "Area pair are rowing alternates", The Times (Trenton), June 28, 2008.
  2. ^ Lieber, Jill. "Read emerges from nightmare with stronger faith, will", USA Today, July 21, 2004. Accessed June 12, 2007. "He became passionate about rowing when he was just a scrawny, metal-mouthed eighth-grader at The Hun School in Princeton, N.J., battling his way to the 2004 Olympic eight despite always being seen as too small in such a powerful sport."