Rowing Quick Facts:
· Rowing is one of the original sports in the modern Olympic Games.
· Eight-oared shells are about 60-feet long – that’s 20 yards on a football field.
· Rowers are the third largest U.S. delegation (48 athletes) to the Olympic Games.
· 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.
· From 1920 until 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.
· In 2008, 2012, and 2016 the U.S. won gold in the women’s eight at the Olympic Games.