Doug Herland

Olympic athlete

Douglas "Doug" John Herland (August 19, 1951 – March 26, 1991) was a 1984 Summer Olympics bronze medal Winner, coxing the Men's Pair with coxswain (2+) event. Following his successes at the Olympics, Herland began the "Freedom on the River" campaign, obtaining government funding for materials and equipment necessary for disabled people to row. Throughout the rest of his life, Herland would continue to champion and promote adaptive rowing. Born with brittle bone disease (Osteogenesis Imperfecta), Herland stood a mere 4'8" (142 cm) and weighed 107 pounds (48.5 kg). Herland was the first patient of St. Charles Hospital with osteogenesis imperfecta. He was born with one collarbone, his left hip and several ribs broken. He was put in traction at the hospital for his first seven weeks of life.  ( Wikipedia article )


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