Joseph Rantz

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Olympic medal record
Men's Rowing
Gold 1936 Berlin eights

Joseph Harry "Joe" Rantz (March 31, 1914 – September 10, 2007) was an American rower who competed in the 1936 Summer Olympics.[1]

Born in Spokane, Washington, Rantz rowed for the University of Washington.

In 1936 he won the gold medal as member of the American boat in the eights competition.[2]

Rantz is the central character in the non-fiction book The Boys in the Boat.[3]


  1. ^ Smith, Craig (September 12, 2007). "Undefeated UW rower Rantz earned gold". The Seattle Times. 
  2. ^ Brown, Daniel James (2013). The Boys In The Boat, Viking / Penguin Group, New York. ISBN 978-0-670-02581-7.

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