Men have raced eights in the Olympics since 1900 in Paris. Coxmate has researched back into history to find all the coxswains who have won Gold Medals since that time.
- Gilchrist MacLagan winner in 1908 was killed in the first World War. He is the only man to have won the Grand Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta 6 times.
- Mike Spraklen is possibly the most successful mens 8 coach having 2 Olympic golds, and a silver for Canada '92, '08 and '12. USA hired him in '96 and got 5th. He is currently coaching Russia's mens 8.
- The Eights are considered to be the Olympic Blue Riband event.
- Germany raced as a "United Germany" in 1960.
- USA is the country who has won the most Olympic titles in 8s clocking up 12 wins to Germany's 6. Britain and Canada have both won 3 times. (I counted Germany racing as East, West and combined countries.)
- The 1936 USA crew is remembered in the book and film "The Boys In The Boat".
- Robert Zimonyi also raced for Hungary.
- Simon Dickie is one of only ten New Zealanders who have won two or more Olympic medals. He has three ('68 Gold in 4+, '72 Gold in 8+, '76 Bronze in 8+)
The full list of Winning male coxswains at Olympic Regattas
1900 Paris - USA Louis Abel
1904 St Louis - USA Louis Abel
1908 London - GBR Gilchrist Maclagan
1912 Stockholm - GBR Henry Wells
1920 Antwerp - USA Sherman Clark
1924 Paris - USA Laurence Stoddard
1928 Amsterdam - USA Donald Blessing
1932 Los Angeles - USA Norris Graham
1936 Berlin - USA Robert Moch
1948 London - USA Ralph Purchase
1952 Helsinki - USA Charles Manring
1956 Melbourne - USA William Becklean
1960 Rome - EUA (United Germany) Willi Padge
1964 Tokyo - USA Robert Zimonyi
1968 Mexico City - FRG (West Germany) Gunther Tiersch
1972 Munich - NZL Simon Dickie
1976 Montreal - GDR Karl-Heinz Danielowski
1980 Moscow - GDR Klaus-Dieter Ludwig
1984 Los Angeles - CAN Brian McMahon
1988 Seoul - GDR Manfred Klein
1992 Barcelona - CAN Terry Paul
1996 Atlanta - NED Jeroen Duyster
2000 Sydney - GBR Rowley Douglas
2004 Athens - USA Peter Cipollone
2008 Beijing - CAN Brian Price
2012 London - GDR Martin Sauer