Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): Olympic Basin, Notre Dame Island, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 19, 1976
Date Finished: July 24, 1976
Women’s rowing events were new to the Olympic Games, but they had been contested at the European Championships since 1954 and the World Championships since 1974. The Europeans went extinct after 1973, making the Worlds the best metric through which to predict Olympic success. Thus, as with the rest of the women’s events, East Germany was lauded as the favorite, having won the last two editions of the tournament. The Soviet Union and the United States had been the runners-up in 1974 and 1975 respectively, while Romania had taken bronze on both occasions. The Soviet Union and East Germany won their heats in the opening round but, unlike most of the other events, there was no crew that was clearly dominant. The final, however, was slightly less competitive, with East Germany and the Soviet Union taking gold and silver by a comfortable margin. The race for bronze was more exciting, however, and saw the Americans slide to a slim victory ahead of a strong Canadian squad.