Venue: Lagoa Stadium, Rio
Dates: August 6 – August 13, 2016 Competitors: 550
An epic test of strength and stamina, rowing has become one of the most popular spectator sports at the Summer Games.
Led by traditionally strong showings by Germany and Great Britain, the introduction of lightweight rowing competitions has also given other teams worldwide a full-paddle opportunity to medal at the event.
Men and women compete for Olympic medals in single sculls, double
sculls, lightweight double sculls, quadruple sculls, pair, and teams of eight with coxswain. The men have two other events - the four and lightweight four.
The eight with coxswain event is probably the most familiar sculling event, but the individual and smaller team competitions can be just as exciting.
Rowing for sport began in 1828 with the 1st boat race between the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, which has become an annual tradition. As direct result, some of today's best Olympic rowing champions hail from the UK.
Olympic rowing fun facts:
Olympic rowing: it's all in the legs.
• Rowing has featured at every modern Olympic Games with the exception of the first, in Athens 1896, when rough weather forced the cancellation of the event.
• An Olympic rower consumes an average of 6,000 calories per day during training, and rows more than 6,000 miles per year.
• Though rowing looks like an upper-body sport, it’s actually the rower’s legs that are the source of their power. At the catch — when the oar goes into the water — the rower’s legs provide the drive.
• The cox once used a megaphone to shout orders. Today, there are speakers placed along the boat so that all the rowers can hear instructions.
International Olympic Committee - Rowing - Find historical facts and Olympic background plus updates, profiles of Olympic rowing champions, photo gallery, with technical details on sculls and coxswain events, related glossary.
World Rowing.com - Discover plenty of good info on the history, skills and equipment you'll need if you want to reach Olymic level with an extensive photo
gallery and profiles of rowing champs, competition news & highlights.
- The official site of Team USA with a special Olympics section and updates on the US team including athlete bios, photos.
British Rowing - The official site of Team GB including news, photos, and a complete guide to the sport including rowing basics, information local and regional UK clubs and competitions, historical background, FAQ.
Rowing at the Summer Olympics - Wikipedia entry with an extensive look at the history of the sport including race distances and qualifications, complete list of multiple Olympic medalists by year, related links.