About Lucas Tramèr

BIOGRAPHY

Full name: Lucas Jon TramèrMedaille_Vesenaz

Born: 1. September 1989

Academics: Medical Student at University of Basel

Started rowing in: 2003

Clubs: Club d'Aviron VésenazBasler Ruderclub

International results:

Lightweight four (LM4-)

  • Olympic Champion in Rio 2016, 5th place in London 2012
  • World Champion 2015
  • European Champion 2015 & 2016
  • Overall World Cup Winner 2015

Lightweight pair (LM2-)

  • World Champion 2013 & 2014
  • European Champion 2013 & 2014
  • Holder of World Best Time: 6min22.91 (Amsterdam, 2014)

Full results: Worldrowing database

Awards: Credit Suisse Swiss Team of the Year 2015 & 2016

MY ROAD TO OLYMPIC GOLD

I started rowing at the age of 13 in Geneva. At the age of 16 I tool part at my first international competitions, finishing 11th in the junior coxless 4 at the 2006 junior world championships. Three years later I got selected for the swiss lightweight four, eventually qualifying for the London 2012 Olympics and finishing in 5th place with Mario Gyr, Simon Niepmann and Simon Schürch.

Our team split up during two seasons and I raced the lightweight pair together with Simon Niepmann, collecting back to back european and world titles in 2013-2014 as well as a new world best time. 2015 was the year of our comeback in the lightweight four. We won the european title before heading to the world championships in Aiguebelette where we were able to deliver our best performance to date. We won the world title ahead of Denmark and France.

One year later, we defended our european title in Brandenburg, but finished only second behind our kiwi rivals on home water at the world cup in Lucerne. Heading to Rio, we were confident we could turn it around, and we did. On the 11th of august 2016 a childhood dream came true, we became the first olympic champions in swiss rowing in 20 years, and earned the medal we had worked for during many years.