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Sy Cromwell

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameSeymour Legrand "Sy"•Cromwell, II
Used nameSy•Cromwell
Born17 February 1934 in New York, New York (USA)
Died2 May 1977 in Cambridge, Massachusetts (USA)
Measurements193 cm / 89 kg
AffiliationsNew Rochelle Boat Club, New Rochelle (USA)
NOC United States


Cy Cromwell was a great rower and all-round sportsman who was tragically taken early by cancer. Cromwell went to Princeton, graduating in 1956, and later studied at MIT and Harvard. He had a brief career as a naval architect, but then went into teaching. In 1964, Cromwell became one of the few Americans to win the Diamond Sculls at the Henley Regatta. He won seven national championships in the single sculls and several more in the doubles, in addition to winning the 1963 Pan American Games gold medal in the singles. He made only one Olympic team, partnering Jim Storm in the 1964 doubles, but he was a life-long rower, finishing third in the 1976 Olympic Trials. In addition he was an avid mountain climber, both in the U.S. and in Europe. In 1964 he was a member of the crew of the boat, Nefertiti, at the America’s Cup Trials. Using his skills as a naval architect, he had also helped design the boat, which was not chosen to defend the Cup.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1964 Summer Olympics Rowing USA Sy Cromwell
Double Sculls, Men (Olympic) Jim Storm 2 Silver

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1964 Summer Olympics 12 October 1964 Rowing Double Sculls, Men Round One, Heat One 6:31.63 1

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