At the Olympics in 1936 in Berlin, Germany, while Hitler was in control before World War II the crew team from the University of Washington won the gold medal.
My grandfather Joe Rantz was one of the members of that crew team. PBS created an hour long documentary called The Boys of '36 about my grandfather and the team. Daniel James Brown wrote a book called The Boys in the Boat about the story also.
Because of the book, attention has been brought to the history of the old boat house at the University of Washington. The university decided to restore the old boat house and this was the first dedication by having the family members of everyone on the team come together.