Dan with UTC Coach Robert Espeseth,
UTC Rowing Coordinator
medalist visits campus
The UTC Alumni Board and Alumni Office invited students, faculty
and staff to meet Dan Beery, UTC’s first Olympic gold medalist.
Beery was a member of the 2004 Men's Olympic Rowing Team. For the
first time in 40 years, the USA Men's Eight Rowing Division won
the gold medal in the summer 2004 Olympics with the help of Beery,
class of 2000.
“It was very special. Three of the guys were in the boat of
2000, which self-destructed. So it was really special for them,
and it was a great way to end our career,” Beery said. "I
can finally say that if I want, I never have to row again. I don’t
feel I have to prove anything else,” Beery said.
The USA Men’s Eight time was 5:42.48 in the 1,500-meter race.
Beery and the USA Men's Eight won their opening heat with a World
Record time of 5:19.85, beating the Canadian team, the defending
World Champions and the Gold Medal favorite.
The team has hired an agent, according to Beery. “We are looking
for an endorsement deal, and maybe do some commercials,” Beery
said. Beery held a position with Boy Scouts of America, and he says
he is looking for something new, perhaps with Johnson and Johnson.
While earning his degree in Exercise Science, Beery trained, held
a job, and attended class full time at UTC for four years. Having
grown up in Indiana, a nearly landlocked state, Beery did not begin
rowing until he attended UTC. In fact, it was in Beery's first year
that Coach Robert Espeseth, Rowing Coordinator at UTC, Olympic medalist
and 1986 world rowing champion, introduced Beery to rowing.
“I feel really blessed,” Beery said. “And I am
very proud to have graduated from UTC.”