In 1928, Olympic rower Bobby Pearce stopped mid-race to let a family of ducks pass, giving his opponent a 5-length lead. In the last 1,000 meters, Pearce pulled ahead by 30 seconds, winning the gold and setting a record.
‘The most important thing in the Olympic games is not winning but taking part; the essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well.’ Pierre de Frédy, Baron de Coubertin, founder of the Olympic committee
Henry Robert Pearce was an Australian sculler of the 1920s and ‘30s who was and still is viewed as an iconic sportsman. He was inducted into the Australian Hall of Fame in 1985, where they named him “The finest sculler of all, professional or amateur, in all the years before World War II.”
His legend might spring from the fact that he was the first singles sculler in the world to win back-to-back Olympic gold medals, but it was an act of compassion, not of physical prowess, that tru… Continue Reading (2 minute read)