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Boat Race 2017: Ben Ruble hopes Cambridge University can take on winning momentum

Cambridge University Boat Club oarsman Ben Ruble. Picture: Vikki Lince
Cambridge University Boat Club oarsman Ben Ruble. Picture: Vikki Lince

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Ben Ruble has thrived in the new dynamic at Cambridge University Boat Club this season.

The 26-year-old American will earn his third Blue on Sunday, and has seen a number of changes in the squad during that time.

And Ruble believes that despite the change in personnel, the momentum from last year’s win has been carried forward.

“One of the things we were thinking about last year was really defining the Cambridge identity of what our team is and what we do, and what it’s like to be the Cambridge team,” he said.

“I think we’ve carried that over really well into this year, despite having a lot of those really good guys leave. We still have some guys coming back and I think we’ve been able to transfer that, and the new guys have really picked up on that very well.”

While the focus in 2016 was on the Light Blues stopping a losing streak, the aim now is to build a winning run.

“Last year we really were motivated by stopping this losing streak, we needed to be bring it back to Cambridge – the turning of the tide,” said Ruble.

“This year, it’s been a little bit more ‘we’re here to take care of business, we’ve got a second race to win now’ and we’ve got a lot of new guys and this is their first year going through it.

“And now it’s sustaining it, but the motivation is just as strong if not greater really.”


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