Two Former Brown Oarsmen Headed To Olympic Games

Aug. 4, 2004

Providence, RI - Benjamin Holbrook, class of 1997, and J. Sloan DuRoss, class of 1999, will represent the United States of America in the 2004 Olympic Games. Both Holbrook and DuRoss will row in the Men's Quadruple Sculls event. DuRoss will row in the three seat of the quad, while Holbrook will back him up in the bow seat. Holbrook is a native of Hartland, Wisonsin. He started his rowing career as a walk-on at Brown and was a member of the 1993 undefeated freshmen men's eight. Holbrook continued his winning ways as a member of the Brown Varsity, capturing two more national championships in 1994 and 1995. After taking the 1995-96 academic year off to train with the U.S. National Team, Holbrook returned to Brown and won a silver medal at the 1997 IRA National Championships. DuRoss is a native of South Portland, Maine. DuRoss was a 1998-99 co-captain for the Bears and a member of the 1999 varsity eight which captured an Eastern Sprints silver medal. While attending Brown, DuRoss won two silver medals at the Under-23 World Championships. Upon graduating from Brown with a degree in Engineering, Sloan continued rowing as a member of the U.S. Men's Quadruple Sculls at the 2002 World Championships in Seville, Spain. In 2003 DuRoss rowed in the U.S. Men's Double Sculls at the 2003 Pan American Games. Holbrook and DuRoss are currently training for the Olympic Games with their boat mates at a European training camp before making their way to the Opening Ceremonies in Athens, Greece on August 13th. The Olympic Games rowing events will be held at the Shinias Olympic Rowing and Canoeing Centre over a period of nine competition days, from the 14th to the 22nd of August.