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Birthplace: Alamosa, Colo.
Hometown: DeKalb, Ill.
Current Residence: Chula Vista, Calif.
Club Affiliation: USRowing Training Center – Chula Vista
Began Rowing: University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2005
Date of Birth: 8/17/87
High School: DeKalb High School
Undergraduate Education: University of Wisconsin, Madison, B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, 2009
Occupation: Engineering Consultant
Employer: Next-Gen Wind
Training Location: Chula Vista, Calif.
Current Coaches: Tim McLaren, Mike Teti
Years on National Team: Four - 2008, Under 23; 2009, 2011-12, Senior
International Results: Won silver in the eight at the 2013 Samsung World Rowing Cup I...Finished fourth in the eight at the 2012 Olympic Games...Won the eight at the 2012 Final Olympic Qualification Regatta...Finished second in the eight at the 2011 E.ON Hanse Canal Cup…Finished eighth in the eight at the 2011 World Rowing Championships…Finished fourth in the eight at the 2011 Rowing World Cup stop in Lucerne...Reached the semifinals of the Grand Challenge Cup at the 2011 Henley Royal Regatta...Finished ninth in the four at the 2010 Rowing World Cup in Lucerne…Finished ninth in the eight at the 2009 World Rowing Championships…Finished seventh in the eight at the 2009 Rowing World Cup in Lucerne…Won gold in the eight at the 2008 World Rowing Under 23 Championships.
National Results: Won the varsity eight at the 2008 Eastern Sprints and IRA Championships.
Personal: Grant’s hobbies include recreational shooting…He was a High Power Rifle Marksmanship National Champion in 2006…Grant’s twin brother, Ross, is also a national team rower and Olympic hopeful…Grant’s most memorable sporting achievement was stroking the gold-medal varsity eight to the IRA Championship in 2008…He says a close second was stroking the gold-medal eight to the Under 23 World Championship in 2008…The most influential person in Grant’s sporting career was his Wisconsin coach, Chris Clark, whom Grant says was instrumental in his development as a rower…The most influential person in Grant’s life is his mother, who is his number one supporter and fan, and without whom he would not be where he is today…Grant hopes to win an Olympic medal and to pursue a career in engineering after rowing.