The Eight

A Season in the Tradition of Harvard Crew

Susan Saint Sing

St. Martin's Press

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A fascinating look at the 2008 Harvard Varsity Crew Team and the university’s legendary history of accomplished rowers

The Eight is a thrilling, behind-the-scenes look at a group of young men who have given up nearly everything to transform themselves into the best team possible at arguably the world’s most venerable rowing institution, Harvard crew. Through a blend of journalistic writing and historical narrative, Saint Sing highlights their struggles and triumphs as she follows them through the spring season of 2008.
This exclusive, competitive world is illuminated as never before as the athletes race for the collegiate national championship and one former member achieves a historic first for Harvard: a gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games.
What these men go through physically to earn a seat in the Harvard first eight is just the beginning. The real test of their mettle is the inner athlete called upon to make their dreams a reality in this very tense and dramatic world. The Eight chronicles the drama of a full season of elite college racing, including the bitter personal struggles and the team’s pursuit of excellence.

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PART ONE

Rower Speak

A HUNDRED YEARS OF SWEAT

I had been recruited heavily by Yale, Princeton, and Dartmouth, so why did I choose Harvard? Because as soon as I walked into the boathouse I could smell a hundred years of sweat, and I wanted to be part of it, part of something great.

—Patrick Todd, Harvard crew, class of 2002, Olympian

A hundred years of sweat. Hundreds and hundreds of rowers. Thousands and thousands of strokes. Tens of thousands by career end. But the first step in making a Harvard crew begins the first time your oar hits the water.

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"At last, a rare and hotly anticipated opportunity to peek beneath the kimono of Harvard crew." --Brad Alan Lewis, Olympic Gold Medalist and subject of David Halberstam's The AMATEURS
 
"I am sure Harvard as a family and Coach Parker will appreciate this sensitive effort. It is as fine a piece as I've ever seen written about a crew and their heritage and ethic.  Susan is a sponge of rowing lore, a super magnet of issues that are important, and a loyal friend of all those who ply the water for speed or for personal enlightenment.  She gives us balance often when winning is catching up with humanity." --Ted Nash, Olympic Rowing Gold Medalist and 15-time U.S. Olympian.

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Susan Saint Sing

SUSAN SAINT SING has both competed in and coached rowing, and is an authority on rowing history. She was a member of the 1993 US World Rowing Team and lives in Stuart, Florida.

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The Eight
A Season in the Tradition of Harvard Crew
Susan Saint Sing

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St. Martin's Press
March 2010
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429928700
ISBN10: 1429928700
336 pages
$7.99

Hardcover

Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
March 2010
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312539238
ISBN10: 0312539231
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 336 pages, Includes sixteen pages of black-and-white photographs
$35.99
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