World Class athletes were seen in an epic crew race down the Potomac River on October 7, 2015. Boats representing Canada, USA and the world were engaged in a battle of power and will. The surprise, however, was not that this impromptu race was omitted from reports of international rowing results. The surprise came from that the rowers were hockey players – experiencing their first row in a crew shell!
Looking for a team-building exercise, the National Hockey League’s Washington Capitals made their way down to the Potomac for a row.
While raw power was not lacking, technique might have leave some room for building some more boat speed.
The Canadians are in unison! pic.twitter.com/jOfry8vwEN
— Monumental Network (@MonumentalNtwrk) October 7, 2015
And, of course, there was no way to these crews were not going to race for some bragging rights…
It’s great to see elite athletes branching out to try something new and willing to not look so elite for sake of some fun with their teammates. We’ll have to keep an eye out for GW Crew members this winter strapping on the skates and pads, carving edges and going top shelf!
Full Caps article, including the announced winner of the race can be seen here.