Olympics

Four Local Olympians!

Jan 30, 2014

Our four local skiers made the team for Sochi!

We wrote a few months ago about four local Nordic athletes—two Nordic skiers and two biathletes—who were hoping to qualify for the Sochi Olympic Team. We are happy to say that they all made the team! Ida Sargent and Liz Stephen will be competing as members of the US Nordic Ski Team; Hannah Dreissigacker and Susan Dunklee will be competing as members of the US Biathlon Team. Continue Reading ›

A Guide to Watching the 2013 World Rowing Championships

Aug 21, 2013


Racing at this year’s World Rowing Championships begins on August 25 in Chungju, Korea. Most crews arrived at least a week before the start date to allow plenty of time to adjust to the time change—it’s 13 hours ahead of Concept2’s Eastern Time! There were also rental boats to locate and rig, custom oars to decorate with national colors, and some very hot humid weather to get adjusted to. From all the reports we’ve heard to date, the venue is outstanding, the people are friendly and enthusiastic, and it promises to be an excellent regatta—if a little too warm. Continue Reading ›

Ready to Give Indoor Rowing a Try?

Aug 31, 2012

Ahhh, rowing in the Olympics. Ballet on water. Power and grace on display with every stroke. Nothing short of inspiring.

You want some of that?

We’re not all Olympic-level athletes, but all of us can get a piece of that feeling of synchronicity, and that athletic look, regardless of our age or starting fitness level. Continue Reading ›

Two Days and Counting!

Jul 26, 2012

We are just days away from the start of the Olympic rowing heats at Eton-Dorney. Although the race course is 33 miles away from the Olympic Park in London, it hasn’t stopped 25,000 people from buying tickets to watch the action, according to USRowing.org. The grandstands are completely sold out!

Whether you are one of those 25,000 grandstanders, or viewing from the comfort of your home, you’ll get a bird’s eye view of the race course. For the first time ever in rowing competition, there will be a camera strung on cables above the course that will follow the boats all the way down, getting super close to the action. There is an interesting article about it on USRowing.org. Continue Reading ›

Next Stop: London

Jun 21, 2012

The final stage of the Samsung World Rowing Cup series played out under sunny skies and high temperatures last weekend in Munich, Germany. Over 700 athletes competed in the last regatta before the Olympic Games in July.  Great Britain finished on top at all three of the World Rowing Cups this summer, making them the overall winner of the series. Germany and New Zealand finished the series in second and third places, respectively. Great Britain finished second to Germany last year, but had won the series for the four previous years. Concept2 was there to support the athletes and coaches with any equipment needs. We take great pride in the service we are able to provide the athletes on this international stage. We’re busy preparing for London and looking forward to the excitement of the Olympics!   For complete results and photos from Munich visit World Rowing. Continue Reading ›

Creature of Habit

Sep 12, 2011

Last week, I raced at the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled in Canada’s women’s 8+. It seems like it was ages ago, but I had an experience which is of relevance to this blog and is hopefully useful to all rowers. On one of the competition days, I was struck by how much I am a creature of habit. Faced with any racing scenario, I inevitably like to keep to a routine that I have tried and tested (as I have mentioned in a previous entry). Continue Reading ›

The Art of Recovery: Part I

May 24, 2011

As part of our training, we are provided with simple explanations of why we do what we do and what purpose it serves. From my understanding, training serves as a stimulus for the body in the form of stress. This stress encourages the body to adapt and the subsequent adaption is fitness. This adaption can only occur whilst the body is recovering. Like a broken bone that grows back together and calcifies, a body responding to training stimulus will come back stronger, but only if it is allowed to repair first. Because an athlete can train more intensely and often will have more physical capacity, we place a premium on recovery. If we can enhance and accelerate our recovery, our coaches can add a lot more volume and intensity of work. We use numerous strategies to enhance the recovery process. These strategies function primarily in the 1–2 hour period immediately after training or racing or in the 24-hour period following training or racing. Continue Reading ›

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