In Search of the Next Passion

Between 1999 and 2012, Caryn Davies pursued her goal of representing the U.S. as an Olympian. Three-times she realized her dream, rowing in the U.S. women’s eight in 2004, 2008 and 2012, winning two gold medals and one silver.

Now an associate attorney at the Boston law firm, Goodwin Procter, LLP, Davies is still searching for that next “passion” in her life. For now, she rows a single on the Charles River, practices law and has taken up boxing.

“I don’t expect to get in the ring and hit anybody, but it does help to get some of the competitive aggression out,” said Davies.

In a short PBS film produced in conjunction with the Aug. 2 release of the American Experience documentary The Boys of ’36, the story of the 1936 University of Washington men’s eight that won Olympic gold in Hitler’s pre-war Berlin, Davies talks about being an Olympic athlete and her life after that pursuit.

“My favorite part about rowing is the very close-knit team where you, for the rest of your life, will be connected to those people and how special that is and how lucky I am to have experienced it.”

Davies’ story, and that of three other U.S. Olympians, are part of the lead up to the documentary release of the story of the Washington’s men eight, which was the subject of Daniel James Brown’s New York Times Bestseller, The Boys in the Boat.

USRowing has partnered with American Experience and Liberty Mutual Insurance to share this documentary with the rowing community. Featuring interviews with Brown, historians and surviving children of the 1936 team, The Boys of ’36 premieres Aug. 2 at 9 p.m. EST on PBS in conjunction with the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and the 80th anniversary of the miracle crew’s triumph.

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