The Rowing Counterpoint to Jesse Owens in the 1936 Olympics

This is a great article from Slate on a little-known story that also happened in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, but which has been overshadowed by the better-known victories of Jesse Owens and others in track and field.  Fascinating.  Also interesting that the winning time in the men’s eight has dropped more than a minute since then.  What has not changed is that Washington is still at the top of men’s collegiate rowing in the US.  It would be interesting to see what the difference in margin would be if, instead of breaking up the UW eight into selection camps, etc., you just let them stay together until August and race as a unit again the rest of the world.  Would they still be fast enough to make the finals?

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