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By pmallory - Posted on 26 November 2012

13 October 2012

Mike Spracklen, now a man temporarily without a country, was recently let go by Rowing Canada Aviron after multiple World Championships and Olympic Golds. Plenty of great people have already spoken out forcefully in Mike's favor, and some have spoken out against him. Those who were actually coached by Mike have way more right to do so than I. With his participation and with the participation of a cross section of his athletes, I merely chronicled a bit of his extraordinary career in my recent book, and in the process we have become friends.

Life is hard, oh my goodness, and rowing sometimes seems to be even harder. Apparently for some people, rowing for Mike Spracklen can at times feel hardest of all. There are as many ways to put together an Olympic Champion crew as there are Olympiads, and no coach is perfect, but I only wish I could have been coached by Mike Spracklen just once in my life.

Mike is an old school coach, and he coaches his way out of bedrock conviction and based on vast experience. He has been at the very highest level of our sport for many decades now . . . and he is not finished. Mark my words!