Rowing is one of the oldest Olympic sports; here in the United States, high school and collegiate rowing is sometimes referred to as crew. A funerary inscription of 1430 BC records that Amenhotep II was renowned for his oarsmanship. Homer mentions rowing was part of the funeral games arranged by Aeneas in honor of his father, prince Anchises and in the 13th century, Regattas in Venice included boat races.
Rowing at the Summer Olympics has been part of the competition since the 1900 . (It was cancelled at the 1896 Summer Olympics because of bad weather.) Only men were allowed to compete until the women’s events were introduced in Montreal at the 1976.
Born February 12, 1982 in Driebergen, two time Olympic Medalist out and proud Nienke Kingma is a rower from the Netherlands. Kingma finished fifth in Eton in the World Championships of 2006 in the fours. A year later at the World Championships in Munich she was part of the double sculls which came in 9th. She was a Silver Medal Winner in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing with the Dutch Eights and is part of the team that finished the race in 6:13.12 minutes to win the Bronze in the same event. (The US team won the Gold 6:10.59 and Canada the Silver 6:12.06.)
When she is not competing with the Netherlands Women’s Rowing Team she rows with her club, ASR Nereus in Amsterdam and is a Policy Adviser at The Department of Sport working on exercise-friendly environments.
Stuart Wilber is a Seattle activist who skipped classes in high school to watch the McCarthy– Army Hearings. Having seen it get better and worse and better again over the years, he continues to hope he will experience full federal equality in his lifetime. *Photo by Mathew Ryan Williams
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