Adam Kreek
Kreek in 2019
Personal information
Born (1980-12-02) December 2, 1980 (age 41)
London, Ontario, Canada
Medal record
Men's rowing
Representing  Canada
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2008 Beijing Eight
World Rowing Championships
Gold medal – first place 2002 Seville Eight
Gold medal – first place 2003 Milan Eight
Gold medal – first place 2007 Munich Eight
World Rowing Cup
Gold medal – first place 2003 Lucerne Eight
Gold medal – first place 2004 Munich Eight
Gold medal – first place 2004 Lucerne Eight
Gold medal – first place 2007 Linz Eight
Gold medal – first place 2007 Lucerne Eight
Gold medal – first place 2008 Lucerne Eight
Bronze medal – third place 2002 Lucerne Eight
Henley Royal Regatta
Grand Challenge Cup
Gold medal – first place 2002 Eight
Gold medal – first place 2003 Eight
Gold medal – first place 2007 Eight

Adam Kreek (born December 2, 1980) is an author, executive business coach and Canadian rower.[1] He is a member of the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame, the BC Hall of fame,[2] the London, Ontario Hall of Fame.[3]

After his athletic career, Kreek's work has focused upon executive leadership and performance, and in 2019 he published his first book The Responsibility Ethic: 12 Strategies Exceptional People Use to Do the Work and Make Success Happen.[4] As Adam Kreek says, “The grit that’s required for success in athletics is the same grit that’s required for success in business.” [5] After publishing, this book became a bestseller and appeared regularly on British Columbia's business book bestseller list.[6]

Adam Kreek is a champion for men's health where he works to promote the adoption of healthy behaviour changes in working aged individuals.[7]

Early life

Born in London, Ontario, he was a student at the University of Victoria where he met his wife Rebecca. After the Athens Olympics, he moved to Stanford University to complete a degree in Geotechnical Engineering and Hydrology and continue his rowing career there under Coach Craig Amerkhanian. In 2005 Kreek took the summer off to get married and spend time with his wife. Kreek coached at Stanford Rowing Center in 2006 and 2007 for the Junior Crew.

Athletic career

He won the gold medal at the 2002, 2003 and 2007 world championships for Canada's men's eight team in Seville, Spain, Milan, Italy and Munich, Germany respectively. At the 2004 Summer Olympics, Kreek competed with the Canadian men's eight, who were widely expected to win a medal but ultimately finished in fifth place.[8]

He won a gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in the men's eights with Andrew Byrnes, Kyle Hamilton, Malcolm Howard, Kevin Light, Ben Rutledge, Dominic Seiterle, Jake Wetzel and cox Brian Price.[9] Kreek's singing of O Canada at the medal ceremony was cited as an inspiration by Simon Whitfield, who won a silver medal in the triathlon. Whitfield wrote "Sing like Adam Kreek" on the handlebars of his bicycle and repeated "Sing like Kreek" to himself near the end of the race.[10]

In 2013 Kreek set off with three other rowers, Markus Pukonen, Jordan Hanssen and Pat Fleming to attempt the first-ever row from mainland Africa to North America, recording it for classroom lessons in schools across the United States and Canada. 73 days into the 6,700-kilometre transatlantic rowing expedition the boat capsized in the Bermuda Triangle. The crew called for help through a personal locator beacon attached to a life-jacket and were successfully located and rescued. The expedition was sponsored by the Canadian Wildlife Federation and Ocean Adventure, Rowing and Education (OAR Northwest). A computer program developed at the University of Victoria monitored the crew's activities and ensured they followed a strict schedule that maximized their energy and mental sharpness. There was also scientific equipment on board to monitor the ocean conditions and marine life.[11]

Athletic heritage

His grandfather Aleksander Kreek was an Estonian shot putter and the 1938 European champion in the event before he emigrated to Canada in the 1950s.[12]


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Adam Kreek". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2012-11-06. Retrieved 2020-05-21.
  2. ^ "2008 Canadian Olympic Eights". BC Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2020-01-20.
  3. ^ "Adam Kreek | The London Sports Hall of Fame". Retrieved 2020-01-20.
  4. ^ [1]. Times Colonist. Retrieved on 2020-01-20.
  5. ^ [2]. Douglas Magazine. Retrieved on 2020-01-20.
  6. ^ [3]. BC Business Magazine. Retrieved on 2020-01-20.
  7. ^ "Go for Gold with Your Health at Work". Canadian Men's Health Week. Retrieved 2020-01-20.
  8. ^ Holton, Kate (2008-08-17). "Men's eight trained through snow and sleet for gold". Vernon Morning Star. Archived from the original on July 23, 2011. Retrieved 2008-08-21.
  9. ^ The Canadian Press (2008-08-18). "Gold in Men's Eight, Bronze in Women's Double, Men's Four". Archived from the original on 2011-05-22. Retrieved 2008-08-18.
  10. ^ Arthur, Bruce (2008-08-19). "Whitfield's silver as good as gold". National Post. Retrieved 2008-08-21.
  11. ^ [4] NBC Dateline, capsize
  12. ^ Aleksander Kreek. Eesti Spordi Biograffiline Leksikon. Retrieved on 2014-10-19.