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Donald Arnold

Full name: Donald John Arnold
Gender: Male
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
Weight: 183 lbs (83 kg)
Born: July 14, 1935 in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
Affiliations: UBC Thunderbirds, Vancouver (CAN)
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Rowing

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

Between 1956 and 1960, Donald Arnold had a successful career on the national and international scenes, but started as a spare on the University of British Columbia’s coxed eights crew, alongside Walter D'Hondt, Lorne Loomer, and Archie MacKinnon. As part of their training, this quartet was sent to compete in the coxless fours event at the Canadian Olympic trials, where they surprisingly won the right to represent Canada at the 1956 Summer Games. At the Olympics they took gold in the coxless fours, nearly ten seconds ahead of the Americans. Their next stop was the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games, where they earned gold as members of the eights crew (coxed by Sohen Biln), while Arnold, Biln, and D’Hondt, with David Helliwell and the non-Olympian Lawrence Stapleton, captured silver in the coxed fours. Arnold’s final major international tournament was the 1960 Summer Olympics, where he won silver, Canada’s only medal at the Games, in the coxed eights with Biln, D’Hondt, MacKinnon, David Anderson, Nelson Kuhn, John Lecky, Bill McKerlich, and Glen Mervyn. Arnold graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1962 and earned a Ph.D. in Outdoor Recreation and Resource Management from the University of Indiana Bloomington in 1970. Over the course of his career he earned four national rowing titles. Among his many honors, he has been inducted into Canada’s Sports (1957), the Canadian Olympic (1958), the British Columbia Sports (1966), and the University of British Columbia Sports (1993) Halls of Fame with his gold medal-winning crew. He was inducted a second time in the the British Columbia (1977) and University of British Columbia (2012) Sports Halls of Fame for his 1960 Olympic achievement.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Rowing Men's Coxless Fours Canada CAN 1 Gold
1960 Summer 25 Roma Rowing Men's Coxed Eights Canada CAN 2 Silver

Men's Coxless Fours

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit T
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Rowing Canada CAN Final 7:08.8
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Rowing Canada CAN Semi-Finals Heat One 7:47.7
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Rowing Canada CAN Round One Heat One 6:36.6

Men's Coxed Eights

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit T
1960 Summer 25 Roma Rowing Canada CAN Final 6:01.52
1960 Summer 25 Roma Rowing Canada CAN Round One Heat Three 6:03.18