November 18, 2013

Maine's Eleanor Logan would row it alone in Rio

The Boothbay Harbor native downsizes from women’s eight to singles.

By Mike Lowe mlowe@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Previous Summer Olympics found Eleanor Logan working with seven teammates, but she’s preparing to row it alone come 2016.

Courtesy U.S. Rowing

“The single, you need to be fit and strong,” said Dinares. “But you have to be like a ballerina on top of the boat. It requires a lot more skill. It’s a different way to move the boat.”

Logan could have stayed in the eight – in fact, she could return to it at any time and actually rowed in an all-star eight with some of the world’s best during the Head of the Charles in October, beating the U.S. boat for first – but she wanted a new challenge. She has been rowing since she was 12 and training in the eight almost as long.

“After London, when I was thinking about whether or not I wanted to keep going, I knew I wasn’t done rowing,” said Logan. “But I knew going in the eight for another (Olympic) cycle was going to be a challenge and I didn’t know if I could make it.

“And I knew, to keep that same motivation and drive necessary to make it for the next four years, I had to challenge myself in a different way.”

She just happened to pick perhaps the most competitive women’s rowing field in the world, including Olympic champ Miroslava Knapkova of the Czech Republic and New Zealand’s Emma Twigg, who won silver at the worlds.

“It’s been an eye-opening experience,” said Logan. “I’m learning how I move a boat, how a boat moves, all the physics of rowing.

“It requires a lot more technique but now that I’m developing the coordination and strength needed for singles, if applied to any other boat, it would help me.”

So, in fact, she is becoming a better overall rower.

“This is a young girl who has won two-times Olympics, has had very early success,” said Dinares. “Her goal now is to row in a third Olympic games and she is trying to be sure she is at her best ever.

“And she is taking a difficult path, instead of one that is more comfortable, and is challenging herself to become a better rower.”

Logan, who graduated from Stanford in 2011, is so focused on her training that she hasn’t allowed herself a moment to think about life after competitive rowing.

“I’m just trying to be the best athlete I can be,” she said. “I’m not too worried about what I’m going to do. That might seem naive, but I know that’s how I perform best.”

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