Four College alumni compete in Summer Olympics
By Daniel Leder And Rahul Raina, The Dartmouth Staff
Published on Friday, August 3, 2012
Four alumni are representing the College at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. Sean Furey ’04 Th’05 is competing in the javelin competition, Evelyn Stevens ’05 is in the road cycling competition, Erik Storck ’07 is sailing in the 49er class and Anthony Fahden ’08 is a member of the American men’s lightweight four.
Stevens’ emergence as a world-class cyclist is notable because she did not begin to train for the sport until after graduating from the College. A four-year women’s varsity tennis player, she gained national renown in the summer of 2009 after The Wall Street Journal profiled her decision to relinquish her position at the now-defunct Lehman Brothers to pursue a career as a professional road cyclist. Leading up to the games, several prominent media outlets, including Outside Magazine and ESPN, have charted her unusual rise to the top echelon of international cycling.
Stevens completed the event for which she qualified, placing a disappointing 24th in the women’s road race on Sunday. The race was so close, however, that everyone finishing from the fourth to the 28th position did so with a time of 3:35:56 in the 140.3-kilometer race.
A four-time All-American and two-time finalist for College Sailor of the Year while enrolled at Dartmouth, Storck will compete for the U.S. Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider in the 49er sailing dinghy class with Trevor Moore of North Pomfret, Vt. The economics major from Huntington, N.Y., and his teammate were formerly fierce rivals when Storck sailed for Dartmouth and Moore for Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Halfway through their 16-race competition, Storck and Moore are in 13th place out of 20 teams competing in the event. Stork and Moore placed 18th in race eight of the 49ers event on Aug. 2, finishing 1 minute and 57 seconds behind the winning team from Great Britain, comprised of Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes.
Fahden immediately became a member of the U.S. national rowing team after graduating in 2008. He won the Eastern Sprints title during his time as a Big Green rower in the men’s lightweight varsity eight.
Dartmouth was a critical stepping stone in his rise to the top tier of American lightweight rowers, according to former teammate Josh Patch ’09 Th’10.
“Dartmouth helped him enormously,” Patch said. “He was never the fastest erg because he was always a weight-maker in the boat, but he rowed incredibly well and stroked the first boat all three years on the varsity team. Guys looked up to him because of how skilled he was technically on the water. He was technically perfect.”
An art history major at the College, Fahden qualified for the 2012 games after his boat won the Olympic Qualification Regatta in May. The boat in which Fahden is rowing has been given the moniker the “Ivy League Four,” as his three other boatmates graduated from Princeton, Columbia and Harvard Universities. The boat failed to qualify for the medal round but finished second in the final B race in the men’s lightweight four competition on Thursday.
Regardless of the outcome, however, Fahden’s qualification for the Olympics will motivate current members of Dartmouth’s lightweight rowing team, according to Patch. “It’s going to be a huge motivating factor for anyone who wants to row after college,” Patch said. “It’s great for the school for recruiting, and it will definitely help bring in promising prospects to Dartmouth in the coming years. For the guys who are here now, I think watching Anthony will spur them to work harder and try to follow his example.”
Furey is the Dartmouth record holder in the javelin throw. He was awarded the 2005 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Men’s Scholar Athlete of the Year after he graduated with a 3.80 cumulative GPA as an engineering major. The Methuen, Mass., native will compete in a qualifying round on Aug. 8 in an attempt to earn a spot in the final event held on Aug. 11.
Sara Goff, who did not graduate from Dartmouth but moved to Hanover to be near her boyfriend — former All-American runner Ben True ’08 — will participate in the women’s triathlon on Aug. 4, according to the New Hampshire Union Leader. She was the U.S.A. Triathlon Olympic/International Triathlon Union Athlete of the Year in 2011. She trains at Memorial Field, the Union Leader reported.