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The Memories That Make Coach Steve Gladstone Smile the Most

by USRowing Video by Ed Moran, ed@usrowing.org | Dec 01, 2015
Ever wonder what one of the most successful collegiate coaches in the country thinks about when he reflects back on the moments he treasures the most during almost five decades of leading numerous championship teams to victory?
Ever wonder what one of the most successful collegiate coaches in the country thinks about when he reflects back on the moments he treasures the most during almost five decades of leading numerous championship teams to victory?

For Yale University’s Steve Gladstone, the 2015 USRowing Medal recipient, it’s the practices.

“There is no particular moment. Probably practices more than anything else. Certainly not races. Races at the time, races won, are exciting and cheerful and cathartic. But the real draw happens much more in practice. Probably the one time that sticks in my mind was in 1993. The Brown boathouse was being redone and we couldn’t go back to the boathouse between the IRA and what was called the Cincinnati Regatta," said Gladstone.

“So we went up to Syracuse to train and there was an evening out there on the water where we rowed up the channel for about an hour that was just absolutely wonderful, watching the rowing. We were probably rowing about 22 strokes a minute, but it was just fluid and exquisite, just very memorable.”

Listen in to a behind-the scenes-interview with Gladstone at the Golden Oars Awards Dinner, Nov. 19, at the New York Athletic Club in New York City, where he talks about how he got his start in rowing, what draws him to the sport and the 2015 season that ended in a victory at the Henley Royal Regatta over the University of Washington’s national championship men’s eight.
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