|Born:||September 02, 1981|
|Hometown:||New Fairfield, CT|
|Residence:||New Fairfield, CT|
|Event(s):||Men's single sculls|
Ken Jurkowski makes his Olympic debut in Beijing, rowing in the single sculls. On the national team since 2005, Jurkowski finished ninth in the men's quadruple sculls at the 2005 Worlds and helped the men's eight win a bronze medal in 2006. Back to sculling in 2008, he finished ninth in the single sculls at the 2008 World Cup stop in Lucerne, and then went on to qualify the U.S. boat for the Olympics by winning his race at the Final Qualification Regatta in Poznan, Poland in June 2008.
Jurkowski began rowing as a freshman at Cornell and made the varsity eight boat his sophomore year. His senior year, he stroked the eight into the Grand Final of the IRA Championships for the first time during his four years at Cornell.
Sculling and coaching
After graduating in 2003 with a degree in biological engineering, he trained for the 2004 Games. He narrowly missed Olympic team selection after finishing second in the double sculls at Trials. The following year however, he made the national team for the first time in the quadruple sculls. He also signed on as a volunteer assistant coach for the rowing team at the University of Texas that year.
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