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The captain of the Yale Eights rowing crew, James Rockefeller, took notice of Spock’s natural rowing build and invited him to try out for the team.
Unable to refuse the honor of an invitation by the captain, also considering the skipper was a Rockefeller, Spock became a member of the crew.
In 1924 the Yale eight won the right to represent the United States in the Olympic Games in Paris. The Yale contingent made the trip by ocean liner to compete in the rowing program on the River Seine. They won a gold medal in the world-record time of 5 minutes 51 seconds.