|Born||3 March 1979|
Halton, Buckinghamshire, England
|Height||192 cm (6 ft 4 in)|
|University team||Oxford University Boat Club|
|Club||Molesey Boat Club|
Andrew Triggs Hodge(born 3 March 1979) is a British former rower - a three time triple Olympic champion and four time world champion. In a British coxless four in 2012 he set a world's best time which still stood as of 2021.
Born in Halton, Buckinghamshire, he moved to Hebden near Grassington in 1980. He went to Burnsall Primary School in Burnsall then Upper Wharfedale School, a secondary modern school in Threshfield. He then completed sixth form at South Craven School, a secondary school near Skipton. Before studying Environmental Science at the Stoke campus of Staffordshire University where he took up the sport of rowing with the Boat Club on Rudyard Lake and St Catherine's College, Oxford where he undertook an MSc in Water Science, Policy and Management.
Whilst at Oxford University, Hodge was a member of Oxford University Boat Club and took part in the Boat Race in 2005. Both universities had extremely strong intakes that year, with Cambridge boasting several world champions and the Oxford crew including 2004 Olympic silver medallist Barney Williams and eventual Beijing and London coxless four crewmate Pete Reed. Oxford, stroked by Hodge, won the epic contest by 2 lengths in a time of 16 minutes 42 seconds.
Hodge won his first senior international vest in 2002. He sat in the four seat of the Great Britain Eight, which made the final of the World Rowing Championships in Seville. He occupied the same seat a year later when the Eight won the World Cup event at Lucerne, and a bronze medal at the championships in Milan.
2004 was the year that Hodge entered the British rowing scene. The buildup to the Athens 2004 Olympics for the GB Men's Rowing Squad was somewhat disrupted due to illness, injury and variable form. Hodge and his partner Alex Partridge then won the final selection trials. Partridge was promoted to Britain's top boat until sidelined by injury, Hodge remained in the eight. Illness to the Eight's stroke – Tom James – the night before their Heat in the Olympic competition was a particular blow, and whilst James returned for the repechage, the crew failed to make the final, finishing 9th overall.
Having stroked Oxford to victory in the 2005 Boat Race, Hodge returned to international competition. Following the retirement of Matthew Pinsent, James Cracknell and Ed Coode, a new coxless four was formed with Andrew, his Oxford crewmate Pete Reed, Alex Partridge and Olympic Champion Steve Williams.
Hodge went on to win gold with this crew (Tom James was promoted in place of Alex Partridge) at the Beijing 2008 Olympics, defending Great Britain's title in the event. Post-Olympics Hodge and Reed decided to attempt a pair project with a view to competing at the London 2012 Olympics in that event. Unfortunately due to the emergence of the New Zealand pair of Eric Murray and Hamish Bond (future world best time holders and Olympic champions) the likelihood of a gold medal in the event was unlikely and so the pair were moved back into the coxless four in 2012 to strengthen that boat's chances. The crew of Hodge, Reed, Tom James and Alex Gregory went on to win the gold medal at the Olympic rowing regatta and beat their Australian rivals who had pushed them hard through the season.
Hodge was world champion in the men's eight and four during 2013 and 2014 respectively. After being diagnosed with glandular fever during 2015, Hodge was forced to miss the entire racing season. He began his comeback in the autumn of 2015 and was selected to represent Great Britain at the Rio 2016 Olympics in the men's eight. After an inconsistent season, the British eight won Olympic gold on the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas in Rio over Germany and the Netherlands. He announced his retirement after the Olympics.
Hodge has been a member of Molesey Boat Club since 2000 when he moved to London.
Just hours after winning the 2005 World Cup event at Dorney Lake, Eton, Hodge made a guest appearance in St Catherine's College 1st VIII, who were competing in Summer Eights. He was joined in that crew by fellow international competitors Christopher Liwski and Colin Smith. The crew bumped Hertford College that day.
Hodge was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours and Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to rowing.
Hodge is married to Dutch physician and former international rower Eeke Thomee. They have two children.