Santa Rosa's Silas Stafford will not be rowing for a medal in London.
On Wednesday, Stafford and his rowing partner, Tom Peszek, narrowly missed Friday's medal round coming in fourth place.
The pair will still compete on Friday, but they won't be eligible for a medal. Instead they will compete in the race called the repechage.
Stafford has sent two messages via Twitter about the race that cost him his Olympic hardware.
First he tweeted: Fought hard with @TomPeszek and missed out on the finals. Disappointed, but we lost to some really good crews.
His hash tag says a lot, signing off #4istheworst#.
Just a few minutes later he gave credit to the Australian rowing team who came in first, tweeting: I think @kiwipair might be the best crew in the history of rowing, any boat class. What an honor to race them.
The U.S. team of Stafford and Peszek finished their semi-final race with a time of 6:58.58. The time places them in the “B” round of the finals Friday.
Stafford graduated from Stanford University and comes from a long line of family who also spent their college years down on the farm. His grandparents and his parents are Stanford grads as are his two siblings.
Stafford ran track in high school. When his running times started to slow, his sister suggested he start rowing. The rest as they say is history.