Olympic Axe on the Line
This Saturday, April 7, the Yale Bulldogs line up against Dartmouth for the final home race of the season. Racing begins at 9:00 am with the 4V and runs on 15 minute centers. A spectator bus departs Payne Whitney Gym at 8:20 am and returns at 11:00 am.
This races serves as the final race on the Houstatonic for the seniors.
The crews are competing for the Olympic Axe, a trophy dedicated in 2004. The Olympic Axe has never left the Gilder Boathouse. Yale has swept Dartmouth for the past two years.
Both Yale and Dartmouth are coming off clean sweeps accomplished during last weekend's racing. Yale swept Brown wining the Albert Cup. Dartmouth swept MIT, Columbia, and Holy Cross winning the Alumni Cup.
Immediately following the racing, both competitors and spectators have the opportunity to come face to face with a piece of rowing history.
The family of Yale oarsman, David Wight '56, is generously donating his 1956 Olympic gold medal to the Yale crew team and in turn, to Yale Athletics, and Yale University.
Wight offers a story of legendary proportions. In 1956, Wight and his fellow Yale teammates won the Olympic trials, setting a world record. The eight-man boat traveled to the Olympics in Melbourne, Australia, as the favorites.
Stopping in Los Angeles, Hawaii, and Fiji to refuel, the Yale oarsmen were ready to race. In the heat, Yale finished third, a great disappointment. After making it through the repechage and into the Grand Final, the crew looked to finish the job.
Coming off the line, USA went down the course in a dead heat with Canada and Australia. Heading into the last 500, USA pulled away and won, half a length up. The nine Yale men were Olympic champions.
Though wining the Olympic gold remains Wight's favorite rowing memory, one other memory comes in a close second, beating Harvard. That's what he told a reporter a few years ago.
David's son, Terrance, will present the medal to Coach Steve Gladstone in person. Wight's medal serves as a permanent testament to hard work, dedication, passion, and teamwork. Yale Crew looks forward to honoring Wight's contribution and his legacy.
9:00 am – 4V
9:15 am – 3V
9:30 am – 2V
9:45 am – 1V
10:30 am – Medal Dedication and Trophy Presentation
Cox. Vlad Saigau
6. Cole Tilden
5. Jack Lopas
4. Paul Jacquot
3. Thomas Beck
2. Thomas Digby
Cox. Woods Connell
6. Garth Holden
Cox. Thomas Fant
Cox. Katherine Hofmann
8. Andrew Joyce
7. Alex Lindsay
6. Will Powers
5. Henry Kamp
4. Jack Morton
3. Jack Palmer
By Izak Epstein '19, Sports Publicity Assistant. You can contact him at email@example.com