Rowing is one of the original sports in the modern Olympic Games.
Baron Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the modern Olympic Games, was a rower.
Eight-oared shells are about 60 feet long – that’s 20 yards on a football field.
Rowing was the first intercollegiate sport contested in the United States. The first rowing race was between Harvard and Yale in 1852.
Physiologically, rowers are superb examples of physical conditioning. Cross-country skiers and long distance speed skaters are comparable in terms of the physical demands the sport places on the athletes.
An eight, which carries more than three-quarters of a ton (1,750 pounds), may weigh as little as 200 pounds. The boats are made of fiberglass composite material.
Singles may be as narrow as 10 inches across, weigh only 23 pounds and stretch nearly 27 feet long.
The first rowing club in the US was the Detroit Boat Club, founded in 1839.
The first amateur sport organization was a rowing club – Philadelphia’s Schuylkill Navy, founded in 1858.
From 1920 through 1956, the USA won the gold medal in the men’s eight at every Olympic Games.
Physiologists claim that rowing a 2,000 meter race – equivalent to 1.25 miles – is equal to playing back-to-back basketball games.
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