Emory Clark - Olympic Odyssey
Emory Clark began rowing at age 13 at Groton School on the Nashua River an hour west of Boston. He went on to Yale University where he was captain of the crew his senior year, graduating in 1960 with a degree in English literature.
After college he joined the U.S. Marine Corps, serving on active duty from 1961 to 1964, including a 13 month tour in the Orient.
Following the Games in Tokyo he taught history and coached the rowing team at Iolani School in Honolulu.
After his return home he was a newspaper reporter for several years before entering law school, earning a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan in 1971. He practiced law in Lapeer, Michigan for 34 years, but still found time to compete. Up until 2006, Clark raced in a coxed four in veterans’ regattas around the world.
Born and raised in Michigan, he still lives on the family farm with his wife, Christina.
Only a handful of the finest athletes in the world have participated in the Olympics, and even fewer have won its highest honor—the Olympic Gold Medal. Olympic Odyssey is Emory Clark’s first-hand account of the journey from his first grueling workouts on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia to the winners dock by the Toda Rowing Course at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo.
While it may have been fifty years ago, Olympic Odyssey spins a timeless tale of youthful ambition and the intense physical and emotional exertion that turned one man’s dream into reality.
Told in his own distinctive voice, and augmented with images, artifacts, contemporary letters and accounts from his training diary, Clark brings his picaresque journey to life with intimate details, insightful commentary and humorous asides that come from a life-long love of competitive rowing—and the perspective gained from reaching a pinnacle in the world of sports.