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Golden Moment

OF THE MANY BRILLIANT ATHLETIC moments in the history of the University of Washington, one stands out: the stunning victory of the Husky crew in the 2,000-meter race in the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin. More than 70,000 people, including Adolf Hitler, watched from the sidelines on Aug. 14, 1936 as the Huskies won a gold medal after setting a world and Olympic record for eight-oared crew on Lake Grunau, 20 miles south of Berlin. The Huskies—ranked last, seated farthest from the starting announcer, in lane 6, with crowd favorites Germany and Italy in lanes 3 and 4—overtook Italy in the final 10 strokes using a blistering pace of 44 strokes per minute.—Jon Marmor

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