This video follows Coach Stephen Gladstone and his University of California crew team in their quest to rebuild the once dominant rowing program. Gladstone was widely regarded as one of the most influential coaches in rowing, and had a reputation for building champions. In 1976, he led California to their first championship together, and later at Brown University his crews amassed five more IRA varsity titles. In his second stint at Cal, the team experienced heartbreaking defeats and unexpected challenges, but Gladstone and his squad never lost sight of their ambitious desire to bring the national trophy back to the Ebright Boathouse. In 1999 all of the elements came together when the Varsity eight set the course record, and ultimately delivered four consecutive IRA varsity titles.
In this clip at :36 to :42 seconds you can see Jack rowing and training on the rowing machine as Steve Gladstone talks about what it takes to be a great rower/athlete.
Coach Stephen Gladstone was a coach/mentor to me and has motivated me throughout my time at UC Berkeley from 1998 – 2002 to be the best athlete I can be and achieve my dream of being a national champion. He had an incredible presence and we all believed in everything he did as a coach. He not only was our rowing coach but he taught us how to be the best on and off the water. I’ve learned many life-lessons that I still use today. It was an honor to be part of such an unbelievable program with rowers that we recruited from all over the world! In some cases it was harder to make the Cal Varsity Boat then it was to make the US National Team boat!
The intro to this video provides details of what the rowers really go through during the race. Very powerful beginning!
In America, intercollegiate competition commenced in 1852 with the start of the Harvard Yale dual race.
Whether you already row or are considering rowing to keep in shape, lose weight, cross-train for another sport, compete on the water or rehabilitate from injury or surgery, rowing is the complete exercise for you.
The benefits of rowing are pretty amazing. Whether you row on the water with the wind in your hair or at our indoor rowing gym with it’s incomparable view of Marine Stadium, you’ll notice the difference in just a few sessions.