American Experience

The Boys of '36, Chapter 1

Clip: Season 28 Episode 7 | 9m 14s

In August 1936, just outside Berlin, Germany, crowds gathered for the marquee event of the Olympic rowing contests: the men's eight. The host nation had won more medals than any other and looked to dominate the final race. As Adolf Hitler looked on, nine boys from Washington prepared to row the biggest race of their lives. "The Boys of '36" premieres 8/2 at 9/8c on PBS.

Aired: 08/02/16

Rating: NR

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