Host City: Stockholm, Sweden
Date Started: July 17, 1912
Date Finished: July 19, 1912
Participants: 184 (184 men and 0 women) from 14 countries
Youngest Participant: François Elichagaray (16 years, 318 days)
Oldest Participant: Julius Beresford (44 years, 18 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 66 athletes with 1 medal
Most Medals (Country): Great Britain (4 medals)
The rowing events at Stockholm were conducted at Djurgårdsbrunnsviken. The course allowed two boats to race concurrently with a straighaway of 1,200 metres and then a very slight starboard turn, followed later by a very slight port turn.
The program was decided in early 1910 and approved by the IOC at their Session in Budapest in 1911. After the IOC Session, the Swedish Rowing Committee was approached about including events for coxless fours, double sculls, and coxed pairs. But with the course encompassing two turns, the committee felt that these boats would be too difficult to handle. Each nation could enter two boats per event. The inrigger coxed fours was contested at Stockholm for the only time in Olympic history.
There were no bronze medals awarded in rowing at the 1912 Olympic Games. The rowing course allowed only two boats at a time, so the finals consisted of only two crews, who won the gold and silver medals. The losing semi-finalists were not awarded bronze medals, although we have listed the number of semi-finalists by nation below in the medal statistics. In both the inrigger coxed fours and the coxed eights, there was only one losing semi-finalist.