The Wonder Crew: The Untold Story of a Coach, Navy Rowing, and Olympic Immortality

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"If you don't know what happened during the 1920 Olympics on a Belgian canal--or even if you do--let The Wonder Crew transport you there. Susan Saint Sing will guide you expertly on a true journey from imitation to innovation, from individuality into teamwork, from war toward peace." --Dorothy Ours, author of MAN 'O WAR: A Legend Like Lightning"Olympic rowing has a long and illustrious history. THE WONDER CREW is the intriguing story of the 1920 Olympic Games and a battle between the Royal Navy of the British Empire and the US Navy contested through the sport of rowing. Come down to the dock and watch as this great regatta unfolds!" --Anita DeFrantz, member of the International Olympic Committee and first African American woman to win a medal in rowing"This is a rare, good book for it succeeds in its appeal to those who love competitive, athletic history that is well written. The victory of the "Wonder Crew" is arguably the greatest 'upset' of the early twentieth century. The story is tantalizing - it's a darn good read." --Prof. John Lucas, Olympic Historian"A wonderful historical account of the great 1920 US Olympic Eight. How appropriate that this Naval Academy Crew started the longest winning streak in Olympic History. Our 2008 Men's Eight will read this book on the way to Beijing." --Mike Teti, 2008 US Olympic Rowing Coach"You don't have to love rowing--or even know anything about it--to be captivated by this amazing account of Navy's 1920 crew. Like "Chariots of Fire," "Miracle on Ice" and "Seabiscuit," "The Wonder Crew" has all the ingredients of a great sports story--courage, commitment, and the triumph of underdogs who believed in themselves."--Knight Kiplinger, editor in chief, "The Kiplinger Letter."

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SUSAN SAINT SING, has both competed in and coached rowing at the college and national level, and is an authority on rowing history. She was a member of the 1993 US World Rowing Team and lives in Stuart, Florida.

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