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Saturday, 30 March, 2002, 18:32 GMT
Boat Race joy across the pond
Oxford win the Boat Race
McGee (hands up) is the source of jubilation in Chicago
By BBC Sport Online's Mike Burnett

  Click here to watch the race  

If a 29-year-old man is seen taking a dip in the chilly waters of Lake Michigan in the next few days, it must be pointed out that he is not mad.

He is, in fact, celebrating his brother's historic win with Oxford in the 148th University Boat Race.

American Josh McGee followed the race on BBC Sport Online and was jumping for joy as sibling Luke helped upset pre-race favourites Cambridge.

"It was unbelievable," an overjoyed Josh told BBC Sport Online via phone from Chicago. "I can't believe that punk kid won the Boat Race.


I don't think Luke will be allowed out of the pub for the next few days
Josh McGee
"Does this mean he'll be knighted?"

It was clearly a proud day for the McGee family, although their neighbours must be wondering what all the fuss is about as the University Boat Race is not big news outside the UK.

Even Josh confessed that he only learnt about the event when his brother moved to Oxford last year.

"Of course I'd watched that Rob Lowe movie Oxford Blues, but no, I hadn't heard of it before."

The McGees watched the Thames action unfold live on Sport Online and are now preparing for what they always do when Luke wins a race.

"We'll go out and celebrate, and then I'll take a dip in Lake Michigan."

Lucas McGee at the weigh-in
He is heavy and he is my brother, says Josh
Of course, the family also hope to get in touch with Luke to congratulate him, although they may have to be patient.

"I don't know when we'll talk to him because I don't think Luke will be allowed out of the pub for the next few days," he joked.

Luke's parents in New York also enjoyed watching the race via the internet.

"We're just thrilled about the win," said father Ray, "It is a great day for us."

Meanwhile, Josh now has high, if not slightly unrealistic, hopes for his brother.

"Will my brother and that Redgrave character be mentioned in the same sentence from now on?"

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