1. Sports
Send to a Friend via Email

Your suggestion is on its way!

An email with a link to:

http://paddling.about.com/od/historyfacts/ss/Rowing_History.htm

was emailed to:

Thanks for sharing About.com with others!

You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

An Illustrated History of Rowing

By

1 of 5

A Long and Celebrated History
The United States men's (8+) rowing crew competes at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

The United States men's (8+) rowing crew competes at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

© by Adam Petty / Getty Images

Rowing is one of those sports that has been around since the beginning of time. Even with the storied and illustrious history of rowing, over the course of the centuries much has changed about the activity of rowing. Yet, even with the changes so much about rowing is still the same. Barely similar to canoeing and kayaking, rowing differs in that the paddles (called oars) sit in pivots that are attached to the boat.

This illustrated history of rowing will outline the different phases that rowing has gone through over the years to help you gain an understanding and an appreciation for this great that has stood the test of time.

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.