Alumni Olympic Rowers... and Facebook Litigants

Two members of the 2008 U.S. men's Olympic rowing team hold Harvard degrees: Cameron Winklevoss ’04 and Tyler Winklevoss ’04...

Two members of the 2008 U.S. men's Olympic rowing team hold Harvard degrees: Cameron Winklevoss ’04 and Tyler Winklevoss ’04.

They happen to be identical twins.

The Boston Sunday Globe had a long article on the twins this week. If you've heard their names before, it's probably because of their lawsuit against Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg ’06. The suit, which was settled in February, claimed that the idea behind Facebook was conceived by the Winklevosses and their fellow plaintiff, Divya Narendra ’04, and that Zuckerberg accepted their payments to write computer code for a site called ConnectU, but stole the concept and used it in his own company.

The Globe's Barbara Matson writes:

The Winklevosses have taken a lot of guff about the lawsuit, because it's fun to ridicule Harvard, and because they have a background that includes Greenwich, summers in Quogue, and prep school. Also, they are impossibly constructed: 6 feet 5 inches tall, with shoulders that jut out like coat hangers, their limbs wrapped in the long, strong muscles typical of rowers, their heads crowned with identical waves of light brown hair.

Read more about the U.S. Olympic rowers at the official team site.

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