Brett is a rower, and competed in the men’s fours (quadruple sculls). His boat came in eleventh, and a Russian boat took the gold medal during the 2004 Olympics. If you are unfamiliar with rowing, a scull is a boat with the rowers pulling two oars each (one in each hand). When the rowers have one long oar (both hands on one oar), it is known as a sweep.
|Former Ukranian and Soviet National Champion, Simmons Coach Nikolay Kurmakov,|
gives a pep talk to the 2006 Simmons College 8+ boat before the HOCR
|The 2006 8+ boat shoves off for the HOCR from Riverside Boat House.|
My daughter is in the number 4 seat.
The first modern Olympics took place in Athens, Greece in 1896. This means that if you found an Olympic athlete in your family tree, he or she is probably not many generations removed from you. Ask the living members of your family closest in relationship for more information, and you will have a good start in researching your relative. Use the resources of the US Olympic Committee online and through correspondence to find out more on the athletic career of your relative, too. College archives, team archives, newspapers and YouTube may turn up more information. Small town newspapers are especially rich with information on local heroes. If you are lucky, your athlete may still be living, and you can correspond with him or her directly!
|Simmons College parents cheering from the peanut gallery|
at the Riverside Boathouse during the 2007 Head of the Charles Regatta
Brett Wilkinson (rower) at Wikipedia
Team USA website - http://www.teamusa.org/
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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Is there an Olympian in your Family Tree?", Nutfield Genealogy, posted August 11, 2016, (http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2016/08/is-there-olympian-in-your-family-tree.html: accessed [access date]).