University of Washington rowing crew wins Olympic gold medal on August 14, 1936.

  • By Greg Lange
  • Posted 1/15/1999
  • Essay 700
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On August 14, 1936, at the Berlin Olympics, the University of Washington eight-oar shell wins a gold medal. The winning crew, coached by Al Ulbrickson, was Robert Moch, coxswain; Roger Morris, bow seat; Charles Day, No. 2 seat; Gordon Adam, No. 3 seat; John White, No. 4 seat; Jim McMillin, No. 5 seat; George "Shorty" Hunt, No. 6 seat; Joe Rantz, No. 7 seat and Don Hume, stroke. During the 2,000 meter race the University of Washington moved from fifth place at the halfway mark to take first at the finish line a quarter length ahead of Italy.


Don Duncan, Washington: The First One Hundred Years: 1889-1989 (Seattle: The Seattle Times, 1989), 63. See also University of Washington Alumni Association, Three-Quarters of a Century at Washington (Seattle: University of Washington Alumni Association, 1941), 25; Daniel James Brown, The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics (New York: Viking, 2013)

Note: This essay was revised on November 16, 2015.

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