Elias Kun

Nationality: DEU Height: 195cm Age: 23
Course Financial Economics
College Green Templeton College
University Oxford
Status Postgraduate
Role Rower

About Elias:

Why did you choose Financial Economics?

The Masters in Financial Economics (MFE) combines foundational knowledge in economics with practical applications in the field of finance. The course is highly quantitative and does an excellent job preparing students for a career in finance. Compared to other Masters in Finance, the MFE goes much deeper into the empirical frameworks behind financial theories, allowing students to deeply understand the methods they were often taught to simply apply during their undergrad degree.

Why did you first try rowing?

I was very bad at Basketball (all I had going for me was height) and desperately needed to find a new sport. Seeing the German eight win Gold on Eton Dorney at the London Olympics, I was immediately captivated by the rawness of the sport and in awe of the power that eights rowers put down while making the rowing stroke look so simple.

Who introduced you to the sport of rowing?

Stephan Gutbrod at T’binger RV Fidelia

Where else have you rowed?

Northeastern University, Leander Club

What are your proudest rowing achievements?

2nd at Junior worlds in the pair 2018
3rd at junior worlds in the coxed four in 2019
Biggest bench press of Northeastern Men’s Rowing

Do you have a favourite Boat Race? Which one and why?

The 2024 Boat Race – extremely good looking Oxford crew

What would winning The Boat Race mean to you?

Before actually coming to Oxford, I thought winning the boat race would be the ultimate reward for a year of hard work and the determination to get back into rowing after a year away from the sport, spent mostly behind a desk. Having actually started the season, winning the boat race to me means honouring and becoming part of a 190 year-old challenge alongside some of the most impressive people I have met in my life.

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