Oliver Cook
Personal information
Born (1990-06-05) 5 June 1990 (age 32)
Height1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)
CountryGreat Britain
Event(s)Coxed pair, Coxless four, Eight
ClubUniversity of London Boat Club

Oliver Robert George Cook (born 5 June 1990) is a British international rower. He is a world champion and an Olympian.


Whilst in education at Abingdon School he gained colours for the Abingdon School Boat Club eights. In 2007 he rowed across the English Channel to raise money for charity. After leaving Abingdon in 2008 he attended the London School of Economics.[1]

In 2011 Ollie was part of the Row Zambezi Expedition. It was the first time anyone had rowed the 1,000 km of the Upper Zambezi, starting from near its source on the Angolan/Zambian border to Victoria Falls in Zambia. The Expedition raised over £25,000 for Village Water. He is currently[when?] studying for a postgraduate diploma in International Development at East Berkshire College.[2]

He is the brother of British rower Jamie Cook.[3]


In 2012 he became part of the British Rowing squad and was selected for the 2012 World Rowing U23 Championships in Trakai, Lithuania.[4] The following year he was part of the Men's Coxless Pairs at the 2013 World Rowing Championships with James Foad. The pair won the B Final.[5] He won a European Bronze Medal in the Men's Eight at the 2014 European Rowing Championships.

In 2016 he won a Men's Coxed Pair gold medal at the World Rowing Cup in Poznan[6] before becoming a world champion in the Men's Coxed Pair during the 2016 World Rowing Championships in Rotterdam with Callum McBrierty and Henry Fieldman.[7]

In 2017 he was named in the Oxford eight for the 2017 boat race alongside his brother Jamie and fellow Old Abingdonian Vassilis Ragoussis; a race in which Oxford won.[8] [9]

At the 2019 European Rowing Championships Cook was part of the team that won the gold medal in the fours.[10] [11] The crew included his fellow Abingdonian Matthew Rossiter.[12] The same crew then won a bronze medal at the 2019 World Rowing Championships.[13]

In 2021, he won a second European gold medal when winning the coxless four in Varese, Italy.[14] At the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, he appeared for Team GB in the coxless four event. The team finished fourth after veering off course in the closing stages of the final. Cook, who had the responsibility for steering, humbly accepted the blame for the error, [15] though it was later pointed out it had not been his fault.[16]

See also


  1. ^ "FASBC Boat Club Dinner". Abingdonian School. 22 March 2017.
  2. ^ "Beyond the boat". British Rowing.
  3. ^ "ROWING: Cook brothers savour glory of Oxford's Boat Race triumph". Oxford Mail.
  4. ^ "Oliver Cook profile". British Rowing.
  5. ^ "2013 results" (PDF). www.worldrowing.com/.
  6. ^ "2016 results". worldrowing.com.
  7. ^ M2+ results
  8. ^ "2017 boat race crews announced". The Boat races.org. 14 March 2017.
  9. ^ "Boat Races: Oxford triumph in men's race after Cambridge women win". BBC Sport.
  10. ^ "European Rowing Championships: Great Britain men's four win gold in Lucerne". BBC Sport.
  11. ^ "Men's Four Final". International Rowing Federation.
  12. ^ "From schoolboy crews to World Championships pairs partners: Ollie Cook and Matt Rossiter go way back". British Rowing. 8 September 2018.
  13. ^ "World Rowing Championships: Two gold & two bronze medals for Great Britain". BBC Sport.
  14. ^ "Men's Four Final A (Final)". World Rowing. Retrieved 11 June 2021.
  15. ^ "Tokyo Olympics: GB's Oliver Cook apologises after men's four row into wrong lane". BBC. 28 July 2021.
  16. ^ "James Cracknell's Tweet to Matthew Pinsent about coxless four race Tokyo 2020". Twitter. Retrieved 30 September 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)