Michael Wodchis serves as vice president of strategic alliances and business development for Windsor Insurance Associates in Woodland Hills, California. He earned a bachelor’s degree in politics and economics from Syracuse University, where he was a member of the varsity rowing team. In addition, Michael Wodchis once represented Canada at the World Rowing Junior Championships.
The 2017 World Rowing Junior Championships were held this past August in Trakai, Lithuania, and served as a qualifying event for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games. The breakout star of the event was 17-year-old Clark Dean of the United States, who captured gold in the men’s single sculls ahead of Moritz Wolff of Germany and Mmbudzeni Masutha of South Africa. Esther Briz Zamorani of Spain claimed gold in the women’s single sculls, while Megan Hancock of South Africa won silver and Margaux Bailleul of France earned bronze.
Croatian twins Anton and Patrik Loncaric won the gold medal in men’s pairs, while Croatia’s women’s four team dominated its competition en route to earning gold as well. The men’s eight and women’s eight championships were defended, respectively, by the 2016 winners, Germany and the Czech Republic. A total of 17 countries won medals at the five-day event. Romania topped the list with six medals, while Great Britain and Croatia finished second and third, respectively.