Video of the Week: The '99 Dutch Men's VIII, and Dutch Roeitechniek

The video above is part of a rowing technical guide from The Netherlands, and includes a great deal of footage of the men's VIII that won gold at the 1996 Olympic Games.Though my great grandfather might have been appalled to hear it, I don't speak any Dutch (well, outside of the word 'roeitechniek,' anyway). However, it is still possible to get a great deal out of watching this video, which breaks down the technique into sections, makes use of freeze-frame, and highlights specific rowers to point out the minutia of Nederlandse Roeitechniek. There is a second video in the series (Deel 2), which deals with the biomechanics of the rowing stroke -- that one might be a bit more of a challenge unless you are familiar with the language.

Thanks to Padraic for suggesting the video!

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