Journey to the 1936 Olympics

“Rowing is perhaps the toughest of sports. Once the race starts, there are no time-outs, no substitutions. It calls upon the limits of human endurance. The coach must therefore impart the secrets of the special kind of endurance that comes from mind, heart, and body."

—George Yeoman Pocock

The 1935-1936 University of Washington men's rowing team thought they were something special.  Their coach, Al Ulbrickson, knew he was coaching a rare team.  By the spring of 1936, those young men proved that they were worthy of competing nationally.  Come summer, they proved they were worthy of competing internationally as the United States representatives at the Berlin Olympics.  

In this exhibit, you will find the stories of the men who comprised the 1936 United States Olympic Rowing Men's 8+.  You will also find photographs and videos of them.  You will be able to map their racing locations and view a timeline of events.  If you are unfamiliar with rowing terms, check out the glossary.