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By pmallory - Posted on 15 December 2013

14 October 2013

Last week, Susan and I traveled to De Koninklijke Amsterdamsche Roei- en Zeilvereeniging 'De Hoop' [The Royal Amsterdam Rowing and Sailing Association "Hope"] along the Amstel River in Amsterdam to meet with just a few of the many friends we made during the seven years of research I did for The Sport of Rowing.

Left to right in a photo sadly missing from this archive: Isslneke Gӧbel, Els van Dam, Susan Mallory, Marjolein Rekers, daughter of the late Cas Rekers, inventor of the Rowperfect rowing simulator, ground-breaking researcher into rowing force curves and their effect on boat moving, and also my good friend and collaborator on the Dutch chapters in The Sport of Rowing, me, proud author and men's coach for Loyola Marymount University, looking like the cat who ate the canary, Alex Mullink, at 19 years of age the stroke-oar of the Laga Delft Men's Coxed-Four, 1964 Olympic Bronze Medalist in Tokyo, Frans Gӧbel, 1989, 1990 World Men's Lightweight Singles Champion and fifth holder of De Gouden Riem, Josy Verdonkschot, Head Coach of the Dutch Women's National Team and multiple, multiple World and Olympic Champion Coach for Netherlands and for Italy, Marit van Eupen, 2005, 2006, 2007 World Women's Lightweight Singles Champion, 2008 Olympic Women's Lightweight Doubles Champion, sixth holder of De Gouden Reim.

(For my non-Dutch readers, De Gouden Reim is a miniature golden oar that was first awarded to Janus Ooms when he won the Diamond Sculls in 1892. Since then, it has been held in trust by its recipient and then passed on whenever another Dutch sculler has become the best in the world. In its 121 years of existence, there have only been six holders of De Gouden Reim. There is no higher honor for a Netherlands sculler.)

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