Upon entering Cornell University, John Nunn was pulled aside by the Rowing coach:
Coach asked “How tall are you and what do you weigh?”
John replied “6’6” and 197 Lbs.”
Coach said “Perfect! Have you had any rowing experience?”
John replied “No.”
Coach said “Perfect That’s the way we like ’em!”
And in fact it was true about his rowing experience, John missed the start of what has become the remarkable 50-year story of rowing at Ridley by five years. But the sport and the man appeared destined to meet anyway in what has now been his own remarkable 50 year career. Cornell University Hall of Fame inductee, 1968Olympic bronze medalist and 1976Olympic rowing coach for the United States of America, he has also moonlighted as a seven-time Marathon runner. Loyal to the sport that gave him these great opportunities and life experiences, he still presides over the Long Beach Rowing Association and works to foster the next generation of rowing with their junior crew program.
“Sports taught me how to work with others in matters of motivation, ethics, cooperation, leadership, and discipline. Exposure to sports at a young age influenced my perspective for the rest of my life.”