Daniel Topolski

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For the stand-up comedian and actor, see Dan Antopolski

Daniel (Dan) Topolski (born 4 June 1945) is an author, former rower and rowing coach,[1] and summariser on BBC television.[2]

The son of painter Feliks Topolski, he attended the Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle in London, before going to Westminster School and New College, Oxford. At Oxford, he rowed in both the 1967 and 1968 Oxford and Cambridge Boat Races.[3]

Topolski was the finishing coach for Oxford University's Boat Race crew from 1973 to 1987.[1] Of the fifteen Boat Races in which he was coach Oxford won twelve including an unbroken run of ten victories between 1976 and 1985. This run of success and its continuation after Topolski's departure brought Oxford to a point in 1992 where they had won sixteen of the last seventeen races and were within one victory of equalling Cambridge's overall total of wins.

He won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year in 1989 as the co-author (with Patrick Robinson) of True Blue: The Oxford Boat Race Mutiny. The book tells the story of the 1987 Boat Race and the disagreement amongst the Oxford crew known as the "Oxford mutiny".[1]

Topolski is married to actress Susan Gilmore, and their daughter is the jazz singer Emma Topolski.[4]


Awards and achievements
Preceded by
No award
William Hill Sports Book of the Year winner
Succeeded by
Paul Kimmage