February 1, 2005


Bob Moch, Who Stunned Berlin Olympics, Dies at 90 (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, 1/22/05)

Bob Moch, who was coxswain of the University of Washington crew that made a breathtaking come-from-behind victory to win a gold medal in front of Hitler at the 1936 Olympic Games, died here on Tuesday. He was 90. [...]

Born and reared in Montesano, Moch and his eight-oared crew were in Lane 6 for the climactic race in Berlin, more exposed to the weather and farther from the starter than the other crews.

The Huskies did not hear the start and were in last place with less than half of the 2,000-meter race remaining, partly because stroke Don Hume was ill and nearly unconscious.

In an interview with The Seattle Times last year, Moch, a retired lawyer, said he was about to ask Joe Rantz in the No. 7 seat to begin setting the pace when Hume suddenly became alert.

Unable to make himself heard above the crowd noise even with his megaphone, Moch banged on the side of the shell to indicate the cadence, boosting the pace by a whopping 20 strokes to about 45 per minute at the end, according to another rower, Jim McMillin of Bainbridge Island.

In the last 10 strokes, the Huskies passed Germany and Italy to win.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 1, 2005 12:32 PM
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