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The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James BrownFor readers of Laura Hillenbrands Seabiscuit and Unbroken, the dramatic story of the American rowing team that stunned the world at Hitlers 1936 Berlin Olympics.
Daniel James Browns robust book tells the story of the University of Washingtons 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.
The emotional heart of the story lies with one rower, Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not for glory, but to regain his shattered self-regard and to find a place he can call home. The crew is assembled by an enigmatic coach and mentored by a visionary, eccentric British boat builder, but it is their trust in each other that makes them a victorious team. They remind the country of what can be done when everyone quite literally pulls together—a perfect melding of commitment, determination, and optimism.
Drawing on the boys own diaries and journals, their photos and memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream, The Boys in the Boat is an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times—the improbable, intimate story of nine working-class boys from the American west who, in the depths of the Great Depression, showed the world what true grit really meant. It will appeal to readers of Erik Larson, Timothy Egan, James Bradley, and David Halberstams The Amateurs.
The poem is based on a story about the nine differently-abled athletes in a Special Olympic event. In a race, when one runner fell to the ground, all the others stopped and returned back to help him stand on his feet and then they walked hand-in-hand to finish the race. Each of the athletes was awarded a gold medal in recognition of their outstanding show of empathy and compassion. Variations of the song are available on the internet. According to the folks at the Special Olympics Washington office, the incident happened at a track-and-field event held in Spokane, Washington.
The race, however, turned out quite different from the ordinary ones because when one of the participants fell down, the others rather than running away helped him to get up. Afterwards, all the participants moved towards the goal together. All of them win and they are rewarded gold medals for their sympathy for each other. The poem has been divided into 8 stanzas having 4 lines each. They had come with the dream to win either gold or silver or bronze medal. All of the participants had undergone through months of practice of the event and it was the day to prove themselves.
Sports and games are meant to foster brotherhood, understanding, and compassion. But, it is disheartening to note how the urge to succeed and grab medals has become the sole objective of competitive sports. In the quest for the top prizes, athletes adopt unfair means, develop needless rivalry, and forget that the competitor needs to be looked upon with kindness, bonhomie, and sympathy. This short and sweet poem narrates how a group of nine differently abled sprinters taking part in a meters dash event have demonstrated, through their conduct, the great virtue of empathy, cooperation, and fair-play. The poem gives an universal message of the best of human values. The athletes had come from all over the country To run for the gold, for the silver and bronze Many weeks and months of training All coming down to these games. Athletes from far and wide had gathered to take part in a competition.