1936 U.S. Olympic team while entering Berlin’s Olympic stadium: Hail, hail, the gang’s all here; What the heck do we care; What the heck do we care; Hail, hail, we’re full of cheer; What the heck do we care . . . ?

“The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics” by Daniel James Brown

I am currently listening to an audio edition of this book.

During my morning workout, when I came upon this part of the book, I found myself laughing with pride.


Out on the Maifield, the Americans finally mustered themselves into proper columns, straightened their ties or smoothed their skirts, adjusted their hats, and began to stroll toward the tunnel through which they were to enter the stadium.  Marching was not their strong suit, certainly not compared to the Germans.  But as they entered the tunnel, hearing a flurry of Heils inside the stadium, they threw back their shoulders, picked up the pace, and started to sing spontaneously, belting it out . . .

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