Kent Mitchell

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Kent Mitchell
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Born March 29, 1939 (1939-03-29) (age 78)
Albany, New York, U.S.

Henry Kent Mitchell II (born March 29, 1939 in Albany, New York), generally known as Kent Mitchell, is an American coxswain, competition rower and Olympic champion.

Mitchell won a gold medal in coxed pairs at the 1964 Summer Olympics, as coxswain on the American boat.[1] He was a law student at the UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) at the time. He won a bronze medal in the same event in 1960 while an undergraduate at Stanford University (class of 1961). Only two other Americans have coxed two crews to Olympic medals.[2] He also coxed Stanford to two national championships, in 1961 and 1962.[2]

Following graduation from law school in 1965 he practiced law in Palo Alto, California. He also set up and leads the Kent Mitchell Rowing Club, an elite masters competitive organization composed mostly of former national or Olympic champions.[3] He also served three terms as mayor of Portola Valley, California.[4]

He is in the Stanford University Hall of Fame and the National Rowing Hall of Fame.[5]


  1. ^ "Kent Mitchell". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 18, 2008. 
  2. ^ a b "Kent Mitchell". Retrieved April 11, 2013. 
  3. ^ Sauer, Mike (Summer 2011). "Team Tenacity". USD Magazine. Archived from the original on 2013-06-26. Retrieved April 11, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Kent Mitchell". Mitchell, Herzog & Klingsporn LLP, attorneys. Archived from the original on May 10, 2013. Retrieved April 11, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Kent Mitchell". Stanford University Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on June 16, 2012. Retrieved April 11, 2013.