Christopher Liwski
Christopher Donald Liwski

(1980-04-21) April 21, 1980 (age 42)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
EducationSyracuse University (BA)
University of Oxford (MS)
Boston College (JD)
OccupationRower, Lawyer
Christopher Liwski
Medal record
Representing  United States
World Rowing Championships
Gold medal – first place 2007 Munich 4+
Bronze medal – third place 2006 Eton 8+
Pan American Games
Gold medal – first place 2003 Santo Domingo 8+

Christopher Donald Liwski[1][2] (born April 21, 1980) is a Canadian American rower, a six-time U.S. National Team member, a double world championship medal winner, and a two-time member of the United States Olympic Rowing Team.


Early life and education

Liwski was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He attended Syracuse University as an undergraduate.[3] He then began his legal education at the Syracuse University College of Law,[4] before enrolling in St Catherine's College of Oxford University, where he undertook a Master of Science degree in Water Science, Policy and Management. Liwski then returned to the U.S. where he completed his J.D. degree at Boston College Law School.[5]

Other activities

From 2008 to 2015 he served as the director & legal chair of the board of directors of the United States Rowing Association.[6] From 2017 to 2018 he served on the board of trustees of the Visiting Nurses Association of Princeton, New Jersey.[6]

Legal career

Liwski practices law in the United States. He began his legal career as an attorney with the legal department of Johnson & Johnson and later worked for Drinker Biddle & Reath.[6] He now serves as head of legal operations for Sanofi.[6]

International rowing career

Liwski won his first international gold medal in 2002 at the three seat of the United States 8+ in the Nations Cup World Championships.[3][7] He then won gold again in the United States 8+ at the 2003 Pan-American Games.[3][4] Liwski sat in the five seat of the United States 8+, which came fourth in the final World Cup event before the Athens Olympics, but rowed as the Olympic team spare by the time the crew went on to win Gold in Athens.[8][9] A year later he competed internationally again, this time at the World Cup event at Dorney Lake, Eton. Liwski, and Oxford crewmate Michael Blomquist,[10] finished ninth there in the coxless pair.

In 2006 Liwski competed at the World Championships rowing at the five seat in the United States 8+,[11] which won a bronze medal behind Germany and Italy.[12] Competing again at the 2007 World Championships, Liwski stroked the U.S. Men’s 4+ to a gold medal.[12]

In 2008 after a difficult year of team selection, Liwski was once again named as alternate on the men's sweep team for the Beijing Olympics.[13]



World Championships

World Cups

International competition


The Boat Race

Whilst at Oxford University, Liwski was a member of Oxford University Boat Club and took part in the Boat Race in 2005,[15] marking the 151st racing of the prestigious annual event. Both universities had extremely strong intakes that year, with Cambridge boasting several world champions and the Oxford crew including Olympic silver medallist Barney Williams, and now famed British oarsmen, and three-time Olympic Gold Medalists, Andrew Triggs Hodge and Pete Reed. Oxford, with Liwski in the five seat, won the contest by two lengths in a time of 16 minutes 42 seconds.[15] To date, the 2005 Oxford Blue Boat marks the heaviest crew weight of all time.[16]

Collegiate Rowing

Liwski rowed for the Syracuse University Crew for four years as an undergraduate,[4] was the recipient of the David Godfrey Award in his senior year, and has been inducted into the Syracuse Athletics Rowing Hall of Fame.

Also, just hours after competing in the 2005 World Cup event at Dorney Lake, Eton, Chris made a guest appearance in St Catherine's College first VIII, which was competing in the Oxford University Summer Eights. He was joined in that crew by fellow international competitors Andrew Triggs Hodge and Colin Smith. They easily defeated their opposition, Hertford College.


  1. ^ CHRISTOPHER DONALD LIWSKI - Attorney Detail
  2. ^ Martindale-Hubbell Online Directory
  3. ^ a b c "Liwski Selected as an Alternate to the 2004 U.S. Olympic Rowing Team". Syracuse University Athletics. 8 July 2004. Retrieved 29 January 2011.
  4. ^ a b c "Chris Liwski '02 Wins Gold With U.S. Eight At Pan Am Games". Syracuse University Athletics. 11 August 2003. Retrieved 29 January 2011.
  5. ^ "Riverview grad on gold medal team". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. 3 September 2007. Retrieved 29 January 2011.
  6. ^ a b c d LinkedIn Profile
  7. ^ "Liwski rows to gold". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. 7 August 2002. Retrieved 29 January 2011.
  8. ^ Reuters (26 March 2005). "International feel to Britain's Boat Race". Times of Malta. Retrieved 29 January 2011.
  9. ^ Rosewell, Mike (1 March 2005). "Olympians dominate in cosmopolitan line-ups". The Times. Retrieved 29 January 2011.
  10. ^ "World Cup: Hot Heats and Parking Passes". row2k. 26 May 2005. Retrieved 29 January 2011.
  11. ^ "US Men's Eight Advances to Final; US Team Friday Results from 2006 World Rowing Championships". row2k. 25 August 2006. Retrieved 29 January 2011.
  12. ^ a b c d e f "Chris Liwski '02 Named as an Alternate to 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Roster". Syracuse University Athletics. 6 June 2008. Retrieved 29 January 2011.
  13. ^ "2008 Summer Olympic Games Preview – Rowing". The Sports Network. 17 July 2008. Retrieved 29 January 2011.[permanent dead link]
  14. ^ "Twenty-Three Titles Awarded on Final Day of the 2007 USRowing National Championships". row2k. 23 June 2007. Retrieved 29 January 2011.
  15. ^ a b Dodd, Christopher (28 March 2005). "Boat Race: Size matters as mighty Oxford leave Light Blues in their wake". The Independent. Archived from the original on 9 November 2012. Retrieved 29 January 2011.
  16. ^ Quarrel, Rachel (23 March 2005). "Oxford weigh in as the heaviest crew of all time". The Telegraph. Archived from the original on 13 September 2012. Retrieved 29 January 2011.