Washington rowers have been a fixture in Olympic competition, dating back to the 1936 men's eight-oared boat that won the gold medal in Berlin. Altogether, Husky men and women have participated in 10 Olympic Games.
Washington was represented in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games by former Huskies Marc Schneider, Jason Scott, Roberto Blanda, Hana Dariusova and current Husky Sabina Telenska. Schneider was a part of the lightweight four (without coxswain) that won the bronze medal. Sott also rowed in a four without a coxswain and Blanda represented Italy in the men's eight.
Telenska rowed for the Czech Republic as a part of the women's eight in 1992 and as a coxless pair, with Dariusova, in 1996. Husky coach Bob Ernst worked the Olympic Games as a commentator for NBC Television while Eleanor McElvaine was manager of water activities at the rowing venue.
The 1936 Washington crew, representing the United States, won the Olympic gold medal in Berlin. In the championship race, the Huskies came from behind to edge out second place Italy and third place Germany by a quarter-length for the victory. They covered the course in a time of 6 minutes, 24.4 seconds.
The Huskies set a world record of 6:00.8 during the preliminary race, to sweep into the grand final.
Washington won the right to represent the United States by scoring a one-and-one-quarter-length victory over Pennsylvania at the Olympic Trials in an American record time of 6:04.
Washington Women in the Olympics
Betsy Beard 1984 eight, coxswain, Gold medal 1988 eight, coxswain
Susan Broome 1984 alternate 1988 eight
Chris Campbell 1988 eight
Hana Dariusova 1992 eight for Czech Republic, 6th place 1996 coxless pair for Czech Republic
Jan Harville 1980 eight, boycotted Olympics 1984 coxed four
Kristi Norelius 1980 alternate, boycotted Olympics 1984 eight, Gold medal
Shyril OiSteen 1984 eight, Gold medal
Sabina Telenska 1992 eight for Czech Republic 1996 coxless pair for Czech Republic