Andrew Byrnes
Personal information
Full nameJames Andrew Byrnes
Nationality Canada
Born (1983-05-22) May 22, 1983 (age 38)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Height2.01 m (6 ft 7 in)
Weight205 lb (93 kg)
ClubNorth Star Rowing Club
Medal record
Men's rowing
Representing  Canada
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2008 Beijing Eight
Silver medal – second place 2012 London Eight
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2007 Munich[1] Eight (M8+)
Bronze medal – third place 2006 Eton[2] Coxed pair (M2+)
Bronze medal – third place 2011 Lake Bled Eight (M8+)
World Rowing Cup
Gold medal – first place 2007 Lucerne Eight (M8+)
Gold medal – first place 2007 Linz Eight (M8+)
Gold medal – first place 2008 Lucerne[3] Eight (M8+)

James Andrew Byrnes (born May 22, 1983) is a Canadian rower and Olympic gold medallist. He was born in Toronto, Ontario and raised in Ithaca, New York. Byrnes is a 2005 graduate of Bates College in Maine, where he rowed for the Bates Rowing Team and earned a master's degree in engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 2006.

He has won four World Rowing Championships medals, a bronze in 2006 in the men's coxed pairs with Derek O'Farrell and Brian Price; and a gold in 2007 in the men's eights, a silver in 2009 in Poznan, Poland in the men's eight and a bronze in Bled, Slovenia in 2011 in the men's eight.

He won a gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in the men's eights with Ben Rutledge, Kyle Hamilton, Malcolm Howard, Adam Kreek, Kevin Light, Dominic Sieterle, Jake Wetzel and cox Brian Price.[4]

He won a silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the men's eight. His teammates included Malcolm Howard and Brian Price, who he won gold with in 2008. The other six were Gabriel Bergen, Jeremiah Brown, Will Crothers, Douglas Csima, Robert Gibson and Conlin McCabe.[5]


  1. ^ "2007 Worlds Results,Men's 8". Retrieved 2008-07-07.
  2. ^ "2006 Worlds Results,Men's 2+". Retrieved 2008-07-07.
  3. ^ "2008 World Cup#2 Results,Men's 8". Retrieved 2008-07-07.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ Sadler, Emily (2012-08-01). "Canadian Men's Eight Wins Olympic Silver". CTV Olympics. Archived from the original on 2012-08-01. Retrieved 2012-08-01.