Hometown: Menlo Park, CA
Event: Men’s Four Boat
Size: 6’6/215 LBS
Starting from the Bottom: The summer after graduating from UC Davis, in 2009, Weil finished dead last at Boston’s Head of the Charles, the world’s premier rowing race. “It was a huge failure of mine,” he says. But five years later, in 2014, Weil was crowned USRowing Male Athlete of the Year.
Fish out of Water: When he isn’t doing rowing sessions or Olympic lifts in the weight room, Weil likes to run stadium stairs, which requires lots of tunes. “Music is performance enhancing!”
Slinging Juice: To prep for Rio, Weil trained mostly in Princeton, NJ, where he lives with a host family and works at their juice bar, which has its perks (“Shit-loads of juice”). “But the greatest culinary achievement of our species is tacos,” he says. “Carne asada. They’re the only kind of tacos.”
To learn more about all Olympic hopefuls, visit teamusa.org. The Rio Olympics begin August 5.