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Don Beer

Full name: Donald Anton Eilers "Don" Beer
Gender: Male
Height: 6-4.5 (195 cm)
Weight: 194 lbs (88 kg)
Born: May 31, 1935 in New York, New York, United States
Died: January 25, 1997 in Princeton, New Jersey, United States
Affiliations: Yale Bulldogs, New Haven (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Rowing

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)


Don Beer was an electrical engineering major at Yale, where he captained the freshman crew, and after his 1956 Olympic appearance, captained the varsity crew in 1957-58. For Yale, he was a member of two Eastern Sprint champions, those in 1957 and 1958. At the Melbourne Olympics, the Yale eight, for which he sat in the fourth seat, had the sobering experience of being the first American eight to ever lose a race, finishing third in the first heat behind Canada and Australia. They came back with a decisive victory in the repechage, and then beat Canada by two seconds in the finals to win the gold medal.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Rowing Men's Coxed Eights United States USA 1 Gold

Men's Coxed Eights

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit T
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Rowing United States USA Final Round 6:35.2
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Rowing United States USA Semi-Finals Heat One 6:55.1
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Rowing United States USA Round One Heat One 6:09.1
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