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  1. Part one of four from this full length documentary.

  2. Part two of four from this full length documentary.

  3. Part three of four from this full length documentary.

  4. Part four of four from this full length documentary.

  5. The credits for this documentary.

Synopsis

This documentary follows the efforts of the New Zealand rowing eight to win gold at 1984’s Los Angeles Olympics. The eight, coached by the legendary Harry Mahon, had won the past two world champs and were expected to repeat the triumph of the 1972 Kiwi eight at Munich. Amongst training at home, the infamous six minutes of pain — the “erg test” — is featured; one of the most demanding trials in sport. The action then shifts to LA for the Olympic finals. The film offers a gripping insight into the extreme lengths the amateur athletes go to in their quest for gold.

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 Ian Taylor
 David Young
 Neil Dolman

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Comments (4)

 evan snyder

evan snyder

Makes you realize that no matter how much you train, nor how well you have done in the years and months leading up to the Olympics, winning gold, especially in rowing, is anything but guaranteed. It is so damn tough...and to repeat as champion 4 years on...even tougher.

 Nathan Twaddle

Nathan Twaddle

Lost count of how many times I've watched this video. In club and university crews we used to share round an old VHS tape that had off cuts as well. Great to see it back up and saved somewhere for prosperity

 Angus McDonald

Angus McDonald

I was so thrilled to find my father 'Doc' McDonald in the ergometer testing. Many many times, he dragged us (me my brother and my sister) done to the riverside or the sports medicine clinic to 'watch' the tests. My father is now 79 years old and continues coaching top-level New Zealand rowers. I am so proud of him!!!

 Rob Waller [CUBC 96]

Rob Waller [CUBC 96]

awesome bit of rowing - taught me loads. great music :-) miss harry mahon.

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Quotes

I’m glad that race is finished ... it shows we’re all human I suppose. 
[grassroots] dedication had taken New Zealand rowing from obscurity and placed it firmly centre stage ... they’d taken on the world’s best and won. This story would celebrate a victory for one of the last outposts of amateurism. 
There’s little, if any, place for social rowing.