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        The Boys of ’36: Preparing for the Olympic Games

        Learn how nine working-class young men from the University of Washington secured their spot in the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin and took the rowing world and America by storm, in these videos excerpted from AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: The Boys of ’36. Their unexpected victory, against not only the Ivy League teams of the East Coast but Adolf Hitler's elite German rowers, gave hope to a nation struggling to emerge from the depths of the Great Depression.

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        The Olympic Trials

        The boys from Washington employ their “race from behind” strategy to win the Olympic Trials race and an opportunity to represent the United States at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.

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        Journey to Berlin

        On July 15th, 1936, the U.S. Olympic team began their journey across the Atlantic to Berlin for the Olympic Games. Among them were the nine young rowers from the University of Washington and their racing shell, The Husky Clipper.

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