Rising Star - January 2014
Currently training in Snagov, Romania, Cristi-Ilie Pirghie was first inspired to start rowing by the desire to compete and to change something in his life. Pirghie debuted on the international scene in 2009 with an impressive second place finish in the junior men’s double sculls. Switching from sculling to sweep rowing, Pirghie came back in 2011 to finish fourth in the men’s pair at the World Rowing Under 23 Championships.
For the next two years he raced both the men’s four and the men’s eight at the European Rowing Championships. Pirghie recorded impressive finishing results including a silver medal in the men’s four. In 2013 Pirghie snatched another silver medal at the European Championships and became a World Rowing Under 23 Champion. With several medals around his neck, this talented young rower is World Rowing’s Rising Star as the 2014 year gets underway.
On the erg, I listen to...club music.
I row because… it makes me feel relaxed. I like to compete and to win even if it is not possible all the time.
My toughest race…was the A-final at the 2013 European Rowing Championships.
I get annoyed when… things are not going my way.
My non-rowing friends think... that I am crazy because I put so much time into this sport.
My favourite food is… stuffed cabbage.
Who would you most like to row in a crew with?... My crew mates from 2012 and 2013, Marius-Vasile Cozmiuc, George Palamariu and Florin Curuea.
In ten years time I will… win at least a medal at the World Rowing Championships and make real my dream to win a medal at the Olympic Games
I’m most relaxed when… I play FIFA 2014