Pictured above are Cranbrook's Ben Rutledge and the Russian Women's 8+ Rowing team with their gold medals from the European Rowing Championships: Julia Kalinovskaya

Pictured above are Cranbrook's Ben Rutledge and the Russian Women's 8+ Rowing team with their gold medals from the European Rowing Championships: Julia Kalinovskaya

Rutledge revolutionizing Russian rowing

As coach, Cranbrook Olympian is turning around the fortunes of the Russian Women's 8+ team.

  • Jun. 11, 2015 6:00 p.m.

Cranbrook’s Ben Rutledge, Canadian Mens 8+ Rowing Olympic Gold Medalist in 2008, is helping to revolutionize Russian rowing. Rutledge is currently coaching the Russian Women’s 8+ team (eight rowers plus coxswain), which finished dead last a year ago, and just won Gold in the European Championships on Sunday, May 31, 2015, in Poznon,  Poland. Ben has worked very hard with them to achieve remarkable results in such a short time. He has his sights on another Olympics, this time as a coach!