UPDATE: 8/11, 12:30pm: The US Men’s Eight crushed the opposition in the repechage this morning and qualified for the Olympic final at 10:24 EST on Saturday, where they will meet Germany, England, The Netherlands, Poland and New Zealand. Go Austin! Go Team USA!
UPDATE 8/11, 6:30am: Austin’s race is currently scheduled for 9 a.m. EST this morning, but his mom, Barbara Hack, said at around 5:30 a.m. that they are, “Waiting to hear if the wind will cooperate today. Forecast is for 15-25mph though currently seems calm.” She adds, “Will let folks know when we know!”
UPDATE 8/10, 7:40am: We just received word from Austin Hack’s mother, Barbara, that all rowing is cancelled in Rio today due to high winds. The Men’s Eight repechage, in which Austin will again serve as stroke, will be rescheduled. We will post details of the new date and time as soon as they are available.
The US Men’s Eight, with Austin Hack as stroke, gave a strong performance in the second heat Monday morning to achieve second place behind Germany. Thanks to that win, Germany — reigning Olympic champions and #2 in the world — qualified directly for the final along with Great Britain, who won the first heat.
The US team must now row again in the repechage on Wednesday at 9 a.m. EST to secure a spot in the final. We believe the top four from the repechage go forward into Saturday’s final.
Go Austin! Go Team USA!