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Name: Robert Mills
Sport: Rowing
Inductee Type: Athlete
Year Inducted: 1993
Home Town: Dartmouth, Halifax County

Biography: Robert Mills' greatest asset as a competitive rower was most likely his obstinacy. For a few weeks in 1984, it carried him a long way. The Dartmouth native overcame immense odds that summer to become the first Nova Scotian to win an Olympic medal in rowing; a bronze in single sculls in Los Angeles.

Mills proved a lot of people wrong along his journey to the Los Angeles games. Qualifying for the four-oared sculling team and headed to the Olympics, Mills seemingly did the unthinkable by suddenly giving up his seat in the boat. By beating out Bruce Ford, a long time member of the men's quad team, Mills faced open revolt from the other rowers, who wanted their friend back.

After weeks of bickering Mills finally stepped aside for a long-shot attempt at qualifying in single sculls. He had only six weeks to prepare. He began training seven hours a day leading up to the trials, and stunned five-time Canadian champion Pat Walter - a man he had never beaten - and was off to L.A.

His goal in Los Angeles was to make the final, which he did and once there, he decided to go for broke. Conceding the race to world champion Peter Kolbe of Germany and Pertti Karppinen of Finland, Mills decided to go out fast and hope he had enough left at the end for a bronze.

Mills finished 10 seconds behind Karppinen but two seconds ahead of an American rower for third and the bronze medal. Mills wasn't finished and the next year, he returned to the four-oared crew and was a member of the first Canadian boat to win a gold medal at the world championships. Competing in Willebroek, Belgium, the Canadians trailed East Germany at the halfway mark, then surged ahead for the win. Robert Mills was inducted into the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame in 1993.
Facts: • 1984 Olympic Bronze Medal, Single Skulls
• Qualified for 4-Oared Sculling Team
• Member 1st Cdn Fours Boat Win Gold Medal, Worlds
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