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The Greatest Rowing Races You Need to Watch
March 31, 2020
Oli Rosenbladt, row2k

You bet this one's on the list.

As boathouses continue to be locked up, waterways closed, and erging not getting any more fun, we humbly present the first installment of row2k's admittedly partisan and woefully incomplete listing of the races that every rower should see; we'll add to this list in the coming weeks.

Got any we need to add? Let us know in the comments below.

Men's Pair, 2000 Olympics
Possibly the mother of all 'races to watch' is the final of the Men's Pair from the 2000 Sydney Olympics...keep your eye on the French Pair.

Watch: The Olympic Channel

Women's Quad, 2015 World Championships
Textbook definition of 'outside smoke' by the USA women; also, fabulous commentator condescension.


Men's Eight, 1999 World Championships
Great race between the US and GB, amazing closing speed, and the most legendary commentary call in rowing history.


Men's Eight, 2004 Olympics
Sentimental favorite; dominant row by the US to end a 40-year drought in the event; epic coxswain-to-stroke connection across the finish line.

Watch: YouTube

Men's Four, 1986 World Championships
Penn AC to the max, and the oldest video on the list; one of the all-time closest 1-2-3 finishes in World Champs history.


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04/15/2020  12:36:29 PM
Or if you prefer, a repeat in 84:

04/15/2020  12:33:47 PM
1976 Olymics Men's single scull final. Karpinnen rows through Kolbe (reining world champion) in the final 20 strokes.

04/02/2020  2:04:26 PM
Way to go Penn AC!!! One of the great upsets of all time!!! Long Live Ted Nash!!!

04/02/2020  1:53:00 PM
Men’s 1x final at 2016 Rio Olympics, won by 1.5 inches

04/02/2020  1:17:29 PM
Light Men's Four 2012 Olympics.

04/02/2020  1:19:36 PM
Four starts around 10 min mark

04/02/2020  1:01:11 PM
Women's 8, 2014 World Cup, Aiguebelette. Favorite all-time

03/31/2020  5:15:06 PM
1 people like this
Women's 8+, 2014, Aiguebelette:

04/01/2020  1:49:27 AM
That scream!

03/31/2020  8:00:39 PM
Gustavo, this one is in next week's list!

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