The 1936 Olympic Opening Ceremony was held on August 1 at the Reichssportsfeld in Berlin. Cheers echoed throughout the stadium as Adolf Hitler entered.
The national rowing championship was June 22nd, and Washington’s strategy was to exercise patience in the four mile race.
The boys from Washington had to win one more time to become the first Washington crew to represent the United States in the Olympics.
Don Hume wasn't a physically imposing athlete, but he had a gift for rowing that helped lead the University of Washington rowing team to Olympic victory in 1936.