WFU Student Dean Wins Silver Medal in Rowing at Paralympics

Sept. 11, 2008

BEIJING - Current Wake Forest graduate student Jamie Dean realized his Olympic dreams on Thursday, earning a silver medal in the legs, trunk and arms mixed four with coxswain rowing event at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing.

Dean, who is legally blind, was one of five members of the team. Other members of the team included Simona Chin, Jesse Karmazin, Tracey Tackett and Emma Preuschi. The team recorded a time of 3:37.61, good for the silver medal. Italy captured the gold medal with a time of 3:33.13. This is the first year that adaptive rowing has been part of the Paralympic Games.

Dean began rowing at Wake Forest in 2001 and has quickly ascended to the international level. He finished fifth in the legs-trunk-arms four with coxswain at the 2007 FISA World Championships and took fifth in the same event in 2006. Dean is a two-time member of the US Rowing National Championship legs-trunk-arms four with coxswain team. He is a three-time adaptive national team member and will be participating in his first Paralympics.

Dean is a third-year JD/MBA student at Wake Forest's Law School and Babcock Graduate School of Management. A native of Pickerington, Ohio, Dean received a bachelor's degree in economics in 2005.

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