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Rusty Wailes

Full name: Richard Donald "Rusty" Wailes
Gender: Male
Height: 6-5.5 (197 cm)
Weight: 194 lbs (88 kg)
Born: March 21, 1936 in Seattle, Washington, United States
Died: October 11, 2002 in Seattle, Washington, United States
Affiliations: Lake Washington RC, Seattle (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Rowing

Medals: 2 Gold (2 Total)

Biography

Rusty Wailes is one of the few American rowers to have won two gold medals. The first came in 1956 when he rowed on the Yale eight that won the Olympic Games. He graduated from Yale in 1958, but helped their varsity eight to victories in 1957 and 1958 both at the Eastern Sprints and at the Harvard-Yale Regatta. In 1959, rowing for the Lake Washington RC, he teamed up with Ted Nash, John Sayre,and Jay Hall to win a gold medal in the fours without at the Pan-American Games. The following year, at the Rome Olympics, Dan Ayrault replaced Hall in the four, but they again won a gold medal.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 20 Melbourne Rowing Men's Coxed Eights United States USA 1 Gold
1960 Summer 24 Roma Rowing Men's Coxless Fours United States USA 1 Gold

Men's Coxless Fours

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit T
1960 Summer 24 Roma Rowing United States USA Final Round 6:26.26
1960 Summer 24 Roma Rowing United States USA Round One Repêchage Heat One 6:24.84
1960 Summer 24 Roma Rowing United States USA Round One Heat One 6:29.67

Men's Coxed Eights

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit T
1956 Summer 20 Melbourne Rowing United States USA Final Round 6:35.2
1956 Summer 20 Melbourne Rowing United States USA Semi-Finals Heat One 6:55.1
1956 Summer 20 Melbourne Rowing United States USA Round One Heat One 6:09.1
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