Career Highlights: Stafford was aiming to be on the men’s eight boat crew, but will instead make his Olympics debut in the pairs with Tom Peszek. Stafford and Peszek were the final ones cut from the eight boat, but they’ll be in London after edging out 2011 Pan-Am champs Mike Gennaro and Robert Otto at the U.S. trials in June. A Stanford graduate, Stafford began rowing in 2004. While with the Cardinal, the native of Santa Rosa, Calif., finished tied for second in the varsity eight at the 2007 IRA championships and second at the 2006 Pac-10 championships. Stafford, who also competed at Cambridge - he graduated in 2009 with a Masters in Philosophy - took fifth in the four at the 2010 world championships. At the 2008 U-23 world championships, Stafford earned a gold medal in the eights after finishing fourth in that event in 2007.