Valentine’s Day: Hugs, Kisses and Rowmance

In a famous picture, Ercole Olgeni and Giovanni Scatturin of Italy kiss after winning Gold in the coxed pairs at the 1920 Olympic Games.

14 February 2020

By Tim Koch

Tim Koch observes that rowing generates physical displays of affection for all sorts of reasons.

As her brother, Jack Kelly, Junior, was one of the few men who was nonchalant about being kissed by the beautiful actress Grace Kelly. ‘Kell’ won Henley’s Diamond Sculls in 1947 and 1949, a Gold medal in the European Championships in 1949 and a Bronze in the single sculls at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics.
Patrick Keech, having just won the 2019 Doggett’s Coat and Badge, discovers one of the perks of victory in the world’s oldest sculling race.
Romance and Henley Royal Regatta seem synonymous. One of Auriol Kensington’s 2019 Thames Cup crew with a close friend.
Louis Pettipher, who won Doggett’s in 2015, gives a manhug to the 2016 victor, Ben Folkard.
Winning the Britannia Challenge Cup at Henley surely deserves a hug. It was one of two wins for Thames Rowing Club at Henley 2018.
Two members of the Oxford Brookes eight that won the Temple at Henley in 2019 enjoy the moment of victory together.
A group hug by Osiris after winning the Oxford – Cambridge Women’s Reserves Race, 2015.
Brasenose College’s rowing was not especially worth celebrating at Oxford’s 2019 Eights Week, but youth, exuberance, adrenaline and alcohol are reason enough for a wet and sticky mass hug.

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