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Joe Burk welcomed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania after winning the Diamond Skull C...HD Stock Footage
Joe Burk welcomed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania after winning the Diamond Skull C...HD Stock Footage
Published: 2014/06/17
Channel: CriticalPast
Joe Burk Higgins and Carlos Zepeda
Joe Burk Higgins and Carlos Zepeda
Published: 2013/03/31
Channel: TheShopony
Joe burk
Joe burk
Published: 2015/10/02
Channel: JOE BURK
Joe Burk and Randy is leaving Gamexchange
Joe Burk and Randy is leaving Gamexchange
Published: 2016/07/15
Channel: JOE BURK
Joe Burk and Randy vacation video 2016
Joe Burk and Randy vacation video 2016
Published: 2016/09/07
Channel: JOE BURK
Joe Burk Higgins heeling on Charlie Beach
Joe Burk Higgins heeling on Charlie Beach's "Bella"
Published: 2013/09/04
Channel: TheShopony
Joe Burk and Randy prank video
Joe Burk and Randy prank video
Published: 2016/09/07
Channel: JOE BURK
Joe Burk and Randy vacation video 2016
Joe Burk and Randy vacation video 2016
Published: 2016/09/07
Channel: JOE BURK
Joe Burk and Randy vacation video 2016
Joe Burk and Randy vacation video 2016
Published: 2016/09/07
Channel: JOE BURK
Joe Burk and Randy vacation video 2016
Joe Burk and Randy vacation video 2016
Published: 2016/09/07
Channel: JOE BURK
Joe Burk and Randy vacation video 2016
Joe Burk and Randy vacation video 2016
Published: 2016/09/07
Channel: JOE BURK
Joe Burk and Randy vacation video 2016
Joe Burk and Randy vacation video 2016
Published: 2016/09/07
Channel: JOE BURK
Joe Burk
Joe Burk's Birthday video April 15 2016
Published: 2016/04/24
Channel: JOE BURK
Joe Burk and Randy vacation video 2016
Joe Burk and Randy vacation video 2016
Published: 2016/09/07
Channel: JOE BURK
Joe Burk and Randy is talking to each other
Joe Burk and Randy is talking to each other
Published: 2016/06/12
Channel: JOE BURK
Joe Burk and Randy is at my Birthday party April 15 2016
Joe Burk and Randy is at my Birthday party April 15 2016
Published: 2016/04/24
Channel: JOE BURK
Joe Burk and his Mom are  going to Grove again
Joe Burk and his Mom are going to Grove again
Published: 2016/07/15
Channel: JOE BURK
2008 Race # 29: Mens Masters E Final Stewards Cup Honoring Joe Burk
2008 Race # 29: Mens Masters E Final Stewards Cup Honoring Joe Burk
Published: 2012/03/17
Channel: sdcrewclassic
Joe Burk and Cody is shooting off night works on July 4th 2016
Joe Burk and Cody is shooting off night works on July 4th 2016
Published: 2016/07/14
Channel: JOE BURK
Joe Burk is going to GameXchange
Joe Burk is going to GameXchange
Published: 2016/07/15
Channel: JOE BURK
Joe Burk is looking at his displays models on July 4th 2016
Joe Burk is looking at his displays models on July 4th 2016
Published: 2016/07/14
Channel: JOE BURK
Joe Burk and his mom are going to the doctors office
Joe Burk and his mom are going to the doctors office
Published: 2016/07/15
Channel: JOE BURK
Joe Burk Higgins heeling on Charlie Beach
Joe Burk Higgins heeling on Charlie Beach's "Bella" Septemb
Published: 2013/09/04
Channel: TheShopony
Joe Burk Randy and Christy leaving Joplin Missouri
Joe Burk Randy and Christy leaving Joplin Missouri
Published: 2016/07/15
Channel: JOE BURK
Joe Burk is with his dogs at his house
Joe Burk is with his dogs at his house
Published: 2016/07/14
Channel: JOE BURK
Joe Burk and his mom are at my Birthday party April 15 2016
Joe Burk and his mom are at my Birthday party April 15 2016
Published: 2016/04/24
Channel: JOE BURK
Joe Burk and Randy is visiting his friend at the hospital in Tulsa Oklahoma
Joe Burk and Randy is visiting his friend at the hospital in Tulsa Oklahoma
Published: 2016/07/15
Channel: JOE BURK
Joe Burk and Randy is  visiting one of his friends in the hospital in Tulsa Oklahoma
Joe Burk and Randy is visiting one of his friends in the hospital in Tulsa Oklahoma
Published: 2016/07/15
Channel: JOE BURK
Joe Burk and his mom are going to grove Wal-Mart
Joe Burk and his mom are going to grove Wal-Mart
Published: 2016/06/12
Channel: JOE BURK
Joe Burk is going to Gamexchange
Joe Burk is going to Gamexchange
Published: 2016/06/12
Channel: JOE BURK
Joe burk and randy is leaving the hospital to go do something in tulsa oklahoma
Joe burk and randy is leaving the hospital to go do something in tulsa oklahoma
Published: 2016/07/15
Channel: JOE BURK
Joe Burk is going to Walmart with his mom
Joe Burk is going to Walmart with his mom
Published: 2016/07/15
Channel: JOE BURK
Joe Burk and his Mom are eating at the Arby
Joe Burk and his Mom are eating at the Arby's restaurant in grove oklahoma
Published: 2016/07/15
Channel: JOE BURK
Big Joe Burk - Black Ops II Game Clip
Big Joe Burk - Black Ops II Game Clip
Published: 2013/04/29
Channel: 360CODBlackOpsTwo
Big Joe Burk - Black Ops II Game Clip
Big Joe Burk - Black Ops II Game Clip
Published: 2013/04/05
Channel: 360CODBlackOpsTwo
Joe Burk and his mom are  leaving Arby
Joe Burk and his mom are leaving Arby's
Published: 2016/06/12
Channel: JOE BURK
Joe Burk Higgins - April 2013 Lake Charles World Series
Joe Burk Higgins - April 2013 Lake Charles World Series
Published: 2013/04/21
Channel: TheShopony
Joe Burk shooting fireworks off on July 4th 2016 part 1
Joe Burk shooting fireworks off on July 4th 2016 part 1
Published: 2016/07/14
Channel: JOE BURK
Joe Burk and Randy vacation video 2016
Joe Burk and Randy vacation video 2016
Published: 2016/09/07
Channel: JOE BURK
Joe Burk and Randy vacation video 2016
Joe Burk and Randy vacation video 2016
Published: 2016/09/07
Channel: JOE BURK
Joe Burk Higgins Craig Branham Team Roping Reno Rodeo 2009
Joe Burk Higgins Craig Branham Team Roping Reno Rodeo 2009
Published: 2009/06/27
Channel: Steve Schroeder
Henley Regatta Finals (1938)
Henley Regatta Finals (1938)
Published: 2014/04/13
Channel: British Pathé
Joe Burk and his Mom are Leaving Cheapo Depo in Grove Oklahoma
Joe Burk and his Mom are Leaving Cheapo Depo in Grove Oklahoma
Published: 2016/07/15
Channel: JOE BURK
Joe Burk and Randy vacation video 2016
Joe Burk and Randy vacation video 2016
Published: 2016/09/07
Channel: JOE BURK
Joe Burk and Randy vacation video 2016
Joe Burk and Randy vacation video 2016
Published: 2016/09/07
Channel: JOE BURK
Joe Burk and Randy Vacation video 2016
Joe Burk and Randy Vacation video 2016
Published: 2016/09/07
Channel: JOE BURK
Joe Burk and Randy Vacation Video 2016
Joe Burk and Randy Vacation Video 2016
Published: 2016/09/09
Channel: JOE BURK
Joe Burk is looking at Xbox Live cards in walmart
Joe Burk is looking at Xbox Live cards in walmart
Published: 2016/06/12
Channel: JOE BURK
Joe Burk and Randy vacation video 2016
Joe Burk and Randy vacation video 2016
Published: 2016/09/07
Channel: JOE BURK
Joe Burk and Randy vacation video 2016
Joe Burk and Randy vacation video 2016
Published: 2016/09/07
Channel: JOE BURK
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Joe Burk
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Born Joseph William Burk
(1914-01-19)January 19, 1914
Died January 13, 2008(2008-01-13) (aged 93)
Scottsdale, Arizona
Education Moorestown High School
Joe Burk
Medal record
Men's Rowing
Representing  United States
Diamond Challenge Sculls
Gold medal – first place 1939 Henley-on-Thames Single sculls
Gold medal – first place 1938 Henley-on-Thames Single sculls
Gold Cup Challenge
Gold medal – first place 1940 Philadelphia Single sculls

Joseph William Burk (January 19, 1914 – January 13, 2008) was an American oarsman and coach.

At the University of Pennsylvania, Burk rowed in the varsity boats. After graduating in 1934, he began racing in the single scull (1x), a one-man boat. Burk won 46 consecutive races in the single scull from 1937 to 1940, inclusive. He was the U.S. and Canadian champion for those four years. In 1938, he won the Diamond Challenge Sculls at the Henley Royal Regatta when he set a Henley course record of 8:02, which was to stand for 27 years. He won Diamonds again in 1939, beating Roger Verey in the final. He became known as the “world’s greatest oarsman”, and at the end of the 1939 season, Burk was voted the James E. Sullivan Award as the country's outstanding amateur athlete.

Portrait of Joe Burk taken by Carl Van Vechten in 1940.

In 1940, Burk won the Olympic try-outs, the National Regatta and the Philadelphia Challenge Cup, also known as the Gold Cup. The 1940 Olympics, however, were cancelled because of World War II. An attempt was made to schedule a match race with world professional sculling champion Bobby Pearce, who was then living in Canada, but that race failed to materialize.

Burk served as a PT boat commander in the Pacific in World War II. On March 29, 1943 he was assigned to the Commander Motor Torpedo Squadron Twenty-One, Navy Yard, New York City for outfitting. He was an ensign at the time. He was awarded the Navy Cross for his efforts. At the time of the award he was a Lieutenant (jg.).[1]

Burk began to coach the Yale University freshman crew in 1946. In 1950 he became coach of the University of Pennsylvania varsity crew and remained at that post until 1969. His crews won numerous championships and honors, including all cup races in the U.S. and the Grand Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta in 1955 and the Intercollegiate Rowing Association championship in 1967, 1968 and 1969. In 1968 the Penn crew (with the addition of some alumni) came within four one-hundredths [4/100] of a second of beating Harvard in the finals of the Olympic trials for the right to go to the 1968 Summer Olympics.

At Penn, Burk coached Harry Parker, both as an undergraduate, and afterwards as a sculler. Parker represented the United States at the 1960 Summer Olympics in the single scull and later became the head coach for Harvard. Parker would train by doing workouts with Burk in an opposing boat. Parker has stated that he never remembers beating Burk in practice even though Burk was 20 years his senior.

The Burk Cup, awarded annually to the winner of the rowing race between Penn and Northeastern, is named after him.

Burk died in Scottsdale, Arizona on January 13, 2008, just short of his 94th birthday.

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