21 May 2014
Pure emotion. What a journey. There were nine guys in the boat and we're suffering so much together. We couldn't ask for more than this result. We were just ecstatic. It was a dream. I just started crying. Malcolm, our captain, said it has been an amazing journey for the last year. What we did, he said it was like what happened in Athens. But everything came together mentally. It was a battle, every stroke. In the middle of the race, there was no weight in every stroke. I was seeing black dots in my vision for the last 200. Brian was saying 'We're two seats down to the Brits,' then 'One seat, we're up a seat.' And then he said, 'Ten strokes to the line, boys, ten strokes to the line and you've got the silver. I couldn't believe it. I just closed my eyes and I don't even know what happened. Everything we had left, we just drained it and we did it. Kudos to the Germans, they are an amazing crew. But this was the race we wanted.