Video of the Week: What makes an Olympic rower, 1908

You’ll have to click over to watch this week’s VOTW which gives an idea ofย  what rowing was like at the 1908 Olympics. A reader sent me this around Christmas (thanks Rob!) along with two other videos from the same series that I’ll be posting in the coming weeks. All three discuss rowing at the three London Olympics (1908, 1948, and 2012) and were made by the River & Rowing museum in Henley.

This week’s video talks about rowing at the first London Olympics in 1908 and gives some history of what the early games were like. Fun fact, these games weren’t actually supposed to be held in London. Rome originally won the bid but were re-located after Mt. Vesuvius erupted three weeks before the opening ceremony and funds had to be diverted towards rebuilding Naples.

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