Andrew Triggs Hodge MBE
Andrew, a former Oxford Blue, is a double Olympic Champion in the men's four, winning gold in London and Beijing. He was awarded an MBE in the 2009 New Year's Honours list.
Rio 2016 Olympiad: 2013 - 2016
Andrew, together with Alex Gregory, Moe Sbihi and George Nash, formed the 'new look' men's four at the start of the 2014 racing season. The crew won gold at the 2014 European Championships in Belgrade, the Rowing World Cup in Aiguebelette and the Rowing World Cup in Lucerne. They arrived at the 2014 World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam unbeaten, having dominated their event all season. During the Championships they were never really challenged and with power and technical superiority they took the lead in their Final from the start and moved out to clear water in the third quarter with devastating pace to win gold and reclaim the title won by GB at London 2012.
Throughout the 2013 season Andrew raced in the men's eight winning gold at the Sydney and Eton Dorney World Cup regattas and finishing 4th in Lucerne. The culmination of the 2013 season for this crew was winning an historic gold medal at the World Rowing Championships in Chungju.
London 2012 Olympiad: 2009 – 2012
During the 2012 World Cup season Andrew raced in the men's four. The newly formed crew won gold in both Belgrade and Lucerne. In Munich, the strong four from Australia pipped the British four to the post and took the gold. At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Andrew raced in the men's four with Alex Gregory, Pete Reed and Tom James. Despite pressure from the experienced Australian four, the crew lead their final from the start to become Olympic Champions.
At the 2011 GB Rowing Team Senior Trials Andrew won the men's pair with Pete Reed in a time of 6:37.50 - his seventh pairs' title. During the 2011 World Cup series, Andrew and crewmate Pete Reed in the men's pair won gold at Munch and silver in Lucerne behind New Zealand. At the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled, Andrew raced in the men's pair with Pete Reed. After dominating their heat and semi-final, the duo were unfortunate to come up against the reigning World Champions from New Zealand. Despite the disappointment of a silver medal for the British pair, both pairs remain comfortably ahead of the rest of the world.
At the 2010 World Rowing Championships on New Zealand's Lake Karapiro, in the men's pair, Andrew with crewmate Pete Reed again came up against the reigning World Champions, Eric Murray and Hamish Bond of New Zealand in front of their home crowd, and won silver after an epic struggle just three-tenths of a second behind the New Zealanders. Greece took the bronze.
In 2009 Andrew changed boat and teamed up with fellow Olympian Pete Reed, coached by Jürgen Grobler, to race the men's pair. This new pairing won gold and two silvers in the World Cup series and at the world Rowing Championships in Poznan pushed the New Zealanders to within one second of Pinsent & Cracknell's World Record time of 6:14 to win a superb silver medal with Greece taking bronze.
Beijing 2008 Olympiad: 2005 – 2008
Andrew stroked the men’s four in each of the four years of the Beijing Olympiad.
After a challenging 2008 season beset by injury, at the Olympic Games in Beijing the four of Andrew, Pete Reed, Steve Williams and Tom James won the Olympic final in a dramatic battle with Australia and returned home Olympic Champions.
In 2007 the four had a mixed season finishing 4th at the World Championships in Munich.
2006 saw the same line-up in the four as in 2005 and, in front of their home crowd, at the Eton Dorney World Rowing Championships they took gold.
In 2005 Andrew returned to University, this time at Oxford, where he studied for a postgraduate degree. He stroked the winning Oxford Blue Boat in the 151st University Boat Race and then went on to win the gold medal in the new men's four at the 2005 World Championships in Japan with Pete Reed, Steve Williams and Alex Partridge.
Athens 2004 Olympiad: 2001 – 2004
Andrew began 2004 by winning the men's pairs event at the GB Rowing Team Senior Trials with Alex Partridge and was selected for the men's eight that went to the Olympic Games in Athens and finished 9th.
2003 saw Andrew back in the eight. The crew improved throughout the season and showed their class at the World Championships in Milan by qualifying for the final finishing with a very creditable bronze medal and qualifying the boat for the Athens Olympics.
In 2002 Andrew won his first GB senior vest in the men’s eight, which finished 6th at the World Rowing Championships in Seville.
After graduating in 2000, Andrew joined Molesey Boat Club and in spite of his lack of rowing experience he was selected for the 2001 GB Team for the World U23 Championships in which he finished 6th in the coxed four.
Beyond the Boat
Andrew started rowing at Staffordshire University because he wanted to improve his fitness and participate in an athletic sport that was "more serious than rugby". After graduating in 2000, he moved to London and joined Molesey Boat Club.
After achieving his Masters in Water Science, Policy & Management at Oxford, Andrew's association with Thames Water has grown into an ambassadorial role supporting the company to make the tideway a better place to row.
Andrew is passionate about anti-doping and the pursuit of clean sport and in September 2013 he was appointed to the UK Anti-Doping Athlete Committee.
In 2013 he was awarded Olympic Athlete of the Year for the sport of Rowing and led the World Rowing Top 10 list for male rowers.
Andrew is Lottery Funded through UK Sport.