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In 1936 he won the gold medal as member of the American boat in the eights competition. Rantz earned a chemical engineering degree from the University and worked for Boeing following his retirement from rowing.
Rantz is the central character in the non-fiction book The Boys in the Boat, which inspired the PBS documentary American Experience: The Boys of '36. Both chronicle his struggles through life in his early years, culminating with his gold medal in Berlin in 1936.
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