Josh West

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Josh West
Medal record
Men's rowing
Representing  Great Britain
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 2008 Beijing Eight

A. Joshua West (born 25 March 1977) is a dual citizen British-American Olympic rower and Earth Sciences professor.[1][2] He is a two-time World Championship silver medallist, a World Championship bronze medallist, and a four-time Cambridge Blue, and represented Great Britain in the eight at the 2004 Olympic Games, won a bronze medal in the eight in the 2007 World Cup series, and won a bronze medal at the 2007 World Championships in the eight, and won a silver medal in the eight in the 2008 Olympic Games.[3]

Personal life[edit]

West is Jewish and was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States.[4][5] His mother is American and his father is British.[5] He completed a doctorate at Cambridge in 2005.[6]

Rowing career[edit]

West attended Yale University for his undergraduate degree, majoring in geology and international studies.[5][6] At Yale, he learned to row under Freshman Coach Justin Moore and Varsity Coach Dave Vogel.[6] He participated in the 4-mile (6.4 km) Varsity Eights version of the Harvard-Yale Boat Race his senior year (1998) but lost to Harvard. As an undergraduate he was a member of the literary society, St. Anthony Hall. He was a 1998 Marshall Scholar.[3]

In 1999, West attended Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge for postgraduate study as a Marshall Scholar, and simultaneously earned a spot in the Blue Boat for The Boat Race against Oxford University. Earning a seat in Cambridge's Blue Boat every year until 2002, West and the "Light Blues" defeated the "Dark Blues" twice in those four years (1999 & 2001). In 2000, West lined up against former Yale teammates Alexander Reid and Eirik Lilledahl, who were the stern pair of the victorious Oxford crew.[7] At 6 ft 9.5 in (2.070 m), West is the tallest recorded oarsman to participate in The Boat Race.[6] He also twice won May Bumps headships with Caius Boat Club.

Building on his Cambridge successes, West eventually became a member of the British National Rowing Team and won two silver medals (2002 & 2003) with the British Four and one bronze medal (2007) with the British Eight at the World Rowing Championships.[6]

West's most recent success came in the Eight rowing for Great Britain at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China,[8] where the British crew picked up a silver medal in a close finish behind the Canadians.[9]

Academic career[edit]

West is currently an Associate Professor of Earth Sciences and Zinsmeyer Early Career Chair in Marine Studies in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Southern California.[10][11] His academic focus is on the chemical processes at the Earth's surface, and how they maintain a habitable planet that supports life.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Rowing News - Google Books
  2. ^ Rowing News - Google Books
  3. ^ a b "Josh West"
  4. ^ The Jewish Chronicle: 2008-08-08 - "Tall story of British Olympic rowing hopeful"
  5. ^ a b c "Jewish Athletes Reach for the Gold". Forward. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
  6. ^ a b c d e "Josh West '98 Earns Spot in 2008 Olympics" - Yale
  7. ^ "Oxford win thrilling Boat Race". BBC News. 25 March 2000. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  8. ^ "GB rowing sets sights on Beijing". BBC News. 4 May 2005. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
  9. ^ "West and Co. Take Second in Race Loaded with Ivies". Archived from the original on 9 November 2013. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
  10. ^ "West Research Group at USC". Retrieved 9 November 2013.
  11. ^ a b Dr. A. Joshua West

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