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    What Are the Olympic Rowing Events?

    What Are the Olympic Rowing Events?

    Rowing is one of the oldest sports in the Summer Olympic Games, and just like all of the other wide-ranging events, it’s evolved over the years. Today, you have boats and oars made out of high-tech materials, and athletes wearing elite rowing clothing from companies like Boathouse.com. But despite the advances in rowing shell and fabric technology, what it takes to win is the same now as it was for the first Olympic rowers back in 1900. Athletes need strength, endurance, teamwork, and determination if they have hopes of earning a medal this year. So as we wait for the world’s best athletes to take the stage, let’s discuss the events slated for the 2020 Tokyo games.

    2021 Summer Olympics Rowing Events in Tokyo

    As of the 2020 (well, 2021 really) Tokyo games, there are 7 types of rowing events. They feature both sweep rowing events and sculling. Since 1976 there have been events for both men and women, which takes the grand total to 14 events for this year’s games.

     

    Here are the different Olympic rowing events:

     

    • Single Sculls: One rower sculling
    • Double Sculls: Two rowers sculling
    • Lightweight Double Sculls: Two rowers under a certain weight limit sculling
    • Quads: Four rowers sculling
    • Coxless Pair: Two rowers sweep rowing
    • Coxless Four: Four rowers sweep rowing
    • Eights: Eight rowers sweep rowing and led by a coxswain

    Past Rowing Events

    Though some events like men’s eights with a coxswain have been part of the Olympics since rowing was introduced in 1900, there have been some changes along the way. One of the best examples is the inrigger competition of 1912. Featuring inrigger shells which have the oarlock directly attached to the gunwale, this event lasted for only one Olympiad. Other events had a much longer lifespan; pairs with coxswain and fours with coxswain were a fixture in the games from 1900 all the way up until 1992.

    In 2021, the U.S. Competes in 9 Out of 14 Rowing Events

    In the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the United States has qualified for 9 overall events. This is impressive, because though the U.S. has historically done quite well at rowing, the modern era of the sport is dominated by Germany, the U.K., and New Zealand. Seven women’s teams and two men’s teams will compete in this year’s games. This year, the U.S. was the only country to qualify for all 7 women’s events. The men’s team will compete in Coxless Fours, (or simply, Fours), and Eights. The outlook for team U.S.A. is good, especially for the women. It’s likely they’ll bring home some medals this year!

    Rowing Apparel Fit for Champions

    Your squad may not be quite ready for an Olympic regatta, but that doesn’t mean you can’t train and race in elite athleticwear. At Boathouse.com, you’ll find rowing clothing for crew that’s made to meet the highest manufacturing and performance standards. Our company was founded by Olympic rower John Strotbeck, so we know exactly what you're looking for in rowing apparel. Lightweight, breathable, moisture-wicking, non-restrictive, and tailored to prevent chafing, our rowing unisuits for crew are engineered for the heat of competition.

     

    If you want new uniforms for your school or club, our rowing apparel is fully customizable. Because we make our clothing right here in Philadelphia, USA, we can ensure the highest standard of quality and offer industry best turnaround times. Outfit your team with championship-worthy unisuits today.

    Diet and Food in the Olympic Village - Seoul 1988

    An Olympians opportunity to shine only comes around once every four years, so diet and exercise are crucial for success. For myself, training 2x per day for the better part of 1,450 days was only supported by the quality and volume of my food intake (“intake” literally meaning “taking in a lot of food to support the training”). In order to keep my weight over 188 pounds and maintain my strength, I was eating more than 6,500 calories per day! So upon arrival at the Olympic Village we were presented with an incredible array of foods prepared by some of the best chefs in the world, that cater to virtually every nationality, region and taste. We all know that it’s important to eat during training. But it’s also important not to upset the body. So what does one do?

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    USA Luge to Partner with Boathouse for Made in the USA Athletic Apparel

    USA Luge to Partner with Boathouse for Made in the USA Athletic Apparel

    LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – USA Luge and Boathouse have announced a one-year partnership where the Philadelphia-based manufacturer will supply the luge national governing body with warmup suits, shorts and tank tops. The USA Luge Team will go for the gold in Pyeongchang, South Korea when they compete against the best in the world February 10-15.

    “We are happy to partner with John Strotbeck and Boathouse for their line of upscale athletic products, made in the United States,” said Gordy Sheer, USA Luge Director of Marketing and Sponsorships. “Our athletes will enjoy wearing this comfortable and sharp-looking Boathouse apparel, customized for USA Luge as they warm up and prepare to race.”

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    What is "The United State of Athletes"?

    What is "The United State of Athletes"?

    I competed in two Olympics for the United States, numerous World Championships, European races, Pan Am’s and National Championships. That period was one of the most memorable, influential and glorious times of my life. When people ask me which race was my favorite I often surprise them by referring to my final race during my freshman year of college. While it was a long, long time ago I still remember it like yesterday (and so do the other eight guys I raced with!). Athletics is fun for everyone at all levels whether it’s Youth, High School, College or the Olympics, because we all strive for one thing…to become the best we can be. That is what makes sports and athletics so great. We share a common goal of getting better.

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    4 Hours In The Rain And Still Bone Dry with Gore-Tex.

    4 Hours In The Rain And Still Bone Dry with Gore-Tex.

    I first learned of GORE-TEX in 1988 during the Seoul Olympics. I sat outside the Athlete’s center for 4 hours, in the pouring rain with a teammate drinking beer in a GORE-TEX suit that we were given as part of the 1988 Olympic kit. Our races were done so we had all the time in the world to talk about our plans for the future now that we agreed our athletic careers were over. After 4 hours and a 12-pack we returned to the Athletic Center in search of food. When we got inside we noticed we were bone dry! That 1988 Olympic jacket and pant still hang in my office…though the fit is bit more snug.

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