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Doug Herland

Full name: Douglas John "Doug" Herland
Gender: Male
Height: 4-7.5 (142 cm)
Weight: 110 lbs (50 kg)
Born: August 19, 1951 in Bend, Oregon, United States
Died: March 26, 1991
Affiliations: Michigan Rowing Association
Country: USA United States
Sport: Rowing

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)


Doug Herland was born with osteogenesis imperfecta, also known as brittle bone disease. The disease causes bones to become very fragile and brittle and prone to fractures. Herland loved sports, however, and looked for a sport in which he could participate. Overcoming his disability, he became an Eagle Scout, completing the 50-mile hike requirement despite his brittle bones, and served as a manager for several sports teams in high school. In college at Pacific Lutheran University Herland found out about the crew team and became the coxswain for the eight, helping their coxed four win a title at the IRA (Intercollegiate Rowing Association) Championships.

After college Herland coached rowing, first at Ewauna Rowing Club in Klamath Falls, Oregon from 1975-78. He coached briefly at the University of Michigan, and then took over as head coach at Pacific Lutheran in 1985. He became known for his work with people with disabilities, teaching them to row, and started the Freedom on the River campaign, which obtained government funding for materials and equipment necessary for disabled people to row. Herland coached at Pacific Lutheran until 1988, when his disease continued to cause him difficulties, preventing him from walking, and he had to stop coaching. He died from complications of the disease only a few years later.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1984 Summer 32 Los Angeles Rowing Men's Coxed Pairs United States USA 3 Bronze

Men's Coxed Pairs

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit T
1984 Summer 32 Los Angeles Rowing United States USA Kevin Still Final Round A Final 7:12.81
1984 Summer 32 Los Angeles Rowing United States USA Kevin Still Round One Repêchage Heat One 7:22.88
1984 Summer 32 Los Angeles Rowing United States USA Kevin Still Round One Heat One 7:17.80
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