Rower Duncan Free reached the pinnacle of sporting success in Beijing when he and Drew Ginn won a gold medal in the men’s coxless pair. It was the highlight of a remarkable Olympic journey for Free. Born in Tasmania, Free won a medal at his 1996 debut, teaming with Bo Hanson, Janusz Hooker and Ronald Snook to win bronze in the men’s quad sculls. He competed in quad sculls in Sydney and Athens, narrowly missing a medal on each occasion. After Athens, Free made the switch to sweep rowing, teaming with Ginn, already a three-time gold medallist, in the coxless pair. The new combination soon proved to be the world’s best, winning consecutive world championships in 2006 and 2007 before their memorable victory in Beijing.