By Tiffany Lam | Special to the Almanac
Nothing can stop Seth Weil from rowing not even the flu. Weil, who grew up in Menlo Park and graduated from Menlo-Atherton High School, has competed in two rowing competitions on recent consecutive weekends.
On the weekend of June 20, Weil, along with over 700 athletes from 46 countries, competed in the 2014 World Rowing Cup II at Lake Aiguebelette in France.
This was his second year competing at the event as part of the U.S. men's four crew. The team won the bronze medal. Australia won silver, while Great Britain took home the gold.
The experience was stressful, yet rewarding, according to Weil. He came down with the flu just before racing. "Although you don't want something out of your control to dictate how you work, it was nice to train through it," he said.
Adding to the pressure, a member of the U.S. men's eight crew broke a rib, causing one of the four-crew members to row in both races.
"France was beautiful," Weil said. "I wouldn't have had the opportunity to see that part of the world without rowing."
Just a week later, Weil competed at the Holland Beker Regatta in Amsterdam as part of the U.S. men's eight crew, which took home the gold. The Holland Beker is Holland's most renowned international regatta, attracting 560 crews from 21 countries. The Chinese were right behind the U.S., while the Dutch took third.
The U.S. team is currently training for the world championships, to be held in Amsterdam in August.