Jim Gardiner (rower)

James Arthur Gardiner (October 25, 1930 – April 19, 2016) was an American rower who competed in the 1956 Summer Olympics. He was born in Detroit, Michigan and died on April 19, 2016 at his home in Seattle, Washington. At the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia Gardiner and his partner Pat Costello won the silver medal in the double sculls event. Gardiner also won a gold medal at the 1955 Pan American Games. He was inducted into the National Rowing Hall of Fame in 1971.

Jim Gardiner
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Full nameJames Arthur Gardiner
BornOctober 25, 1930
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
DiedApril 19, 2016(2016-04-19) (aged 85)
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Gardiner attended Wayne State University in Detroit and was inducted into the Wayne State Athletic Hall of Fame in 1982. Gardiner rowed out of the Detroit Boat Club. In 1956 the Detroit Boat Club placed 7 oarsman on the US Olympic Rowing team, the 7 oarsman are known as the "DBC Seven." From 1953-1959, Gardiner earned eight U.S. Rowing Championships and 15 Canadian Henley and North American Championships. In 1957 Gardiner took fourth place in the European Rowing Championships in Duisburg Germany. In 1968 Gardiner was named the manager of the U.S. Olympic Rowing Team.


  • Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Jim Gardiner". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2011-09-02.
  • Jim Gardiner's obituary

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