Yasmin “Yaz” Farooq has been involved in coxing and coaching for over 25 years. As the coxswain for the United States National Team from 1989 to 1996, she competed in the 1992 & 1996 Olympic Games. She was captain of the Olympic Women’s Rowing Team at the Atlanta Olympics. Yaz’s crews have won numerous International medals including a gold medal at the 1995 World Championships - the first ever won by a U.S. Women’s Eight - and silver medals at the 1990, 1993, & 1994 World Championships. Yaz started coxing at the University of Wisconsin in 1984, where she was recruited for her “big voice” and tiny stature. She was voted captain & MVP her senior year.

Yaz currently serves as head coach of the women's rowing team at Stanford University - the 2009 NCAA Champions & 2011 NCAA Runner-Up. She has been the on-air rowing analyst for NBC’s telecasts of the past four Olympic Games – Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012. She is also the rowing analyst for NBC Universal Sports, covering World Cup regattas and the World Championships.

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