Why Top Athletes Choose Concept2

Performance. Innovation. Passion. Support.

We’ve been designing and building innovative products for rowing since 1976. Our passion for rowing, our pursuit of innovative design for increased performance, and our commitment to customer support have made our oars the preferred choice of top athletes around the world.

  • 69% of all Olympic medalists raced with Concept2 oars in London.
  • 64% of all gold medalists at the London Olympics used Concept2 oars and sculls.
  • 77% of all gold medalists at the 2010 World Championships used Concept2 oars and sculls.
  • 2010 U.S. national champion collegiate varsity crews from Cal-Berkeley, Yale, Princeton and Mercyhurst raced with Concept2 oars.

Meet a few of these athletes and their coaches below, and hear why they choose Concept2.

“We stick with Concept2 blades because of durability, innovation, worldwide support, and friendly willingness to meet very specific needs.”

—Tore Ovrebo, coach of Olaf Tufte of Norway, two-time Olympic Gold medalist, Men’s Single

“I prefer Concept2 oars since they are lighter, more elegant, and fit me best. Concept2 oars find the resistance in the beginning of the stroke, row with finesse, and maintain the horizontal line in the water very well.”

—Rumiana Neykova, Bulgaria 2008 Olympic Gold medalist, Women’s Single

“Concept2 simply is the innovator. Their advice on how to get the absolute best speed out of my oar has been a key part of my masters-level racing success. This combination of equipment, knowledge and service makes Concept2 an easy choice.”

—Greg Benning, Cambridge Boat Club

“Concept2 oars have served us well for several decades. In our experience, they are the best oars available, on top of which we enjoy cooperation for our special design requests and very good service for our particular needs.”

—Mike Spracklen, Rowing Canada Coach of Men’s Eight, 2008 Olympic Champions

“Concept2 oars continue to perform well year after year with precision production and ongoing durability. We are confident that Concept2 oars can produce a truly world-class performance. The support network is also consistent. Whether in Australia or anywhere else in the world, we know that we can access outstanding after sales service.”

—Chris O’Brien, Victoria Institute of Sport Coach of Australian Men’s Pair, 2004 and 2008 Olympic Champions

“We tested many different oars and have always come to the same conclusion, Concept2 oars are the best. That is why we use them.”

—Will Porter, Yale University Coach of two-time NCAA Women’s Varsity Champions

Ondrej Synek, Czech Republic 2010 World Champion, Men's Single
Frida Svensson, Sweden 2010 World Champion, Women's Single
Eric Murray and Hamish Bond, New Zealand 2010 World Cup Leaders and World Champions, Men's Pair
Anna Watkins and Katherine Grainger, Great Britain 2010 World Cup Leaders and World Champions, Women's Double
German Men's Eight 2010 World Champions
Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter, Great Britain 2010 World Champions Lightweight Men's Double
Olaf Tufte, Norway Two-time Olympic Gold medalist, Men's Single
Rumiana Neykova, Bulgaria 2008 Olympic Gold medalist, Women's Single
Alexandra Tsiavou and Christina Giazitzidou, Greek Lightweight Women's Double 2009 World Champions