20 August 2016
Göran R Buckhorn writes:
Tomorrow, the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio will end. Despite problems with the first days of Olympic rowing – where races had to be cancelled due to bad weather – a large number, 21 to be exact, of countries ended up on the Medal Table. Some ‘big’ rowing nations did get fewer medals than what was predicted and expected. Where the USA is concerned, the women’s eight did defend their gold medals from 2012 London and 2008 Beijing, and eminent sculler Genevra Stone, of Cambridge, MA, took a silver in the women’s single sculls. However no American men’s crews found their way to the medal podium.
In an e-mail, rowing historian Tom Weil gave me an historic perspective. He pointed out that this was probably the first Olympic Games where the U.S. men, in all the Games where the American men participated since the modern Olympic Games began in 1896, did not win any medals.
What HTBS published about the 2016 Rio rowing, you will find- here.