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Adaptive Athlete Todd Vogt: Finding Strength and Fitness with Concept2

Oct 16, 2019

Concept2 is excited to share resources for adaptive athletes and feature the experiences of athletes who use our products. Todd's story is the first of our series of blog posts focusing on adaptive athletes.

Andy Wigren (stroke) and Todd Vogt (bow) represent the US in the PR3 Men's Pair.

Todd Vogt fell in love with the sport of rowing as a college freshman at the University of Buffalo in 1992. He was able to make rowing his career and became a rowing coach while continuing to row competitively himself. “I love the physical and mental challenge of the sport,” Vogt explains. But in June of 2018, when Vogt was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s disease at the age of 43, he was crushed. “I thought my athletic life was over,” he recalled.

For many adaptive athletes like Vogt, Concept2 provides options for adaptive athletes to find (or rediscover) sport and fitness. Continue Reading ›

2019 World Rowing Championships

Sep 11, 2019

The finish line bridge on the 2020 Tokyo Olympic course.

Concept2 was saddened to learn of the tragic drowning of PR1 athlete Dzmitry Ryshkevich (Belarus) during a training session at the World Championships in Linz, Austria. Our condolences to his family, friends and teammates.

The World Rowing Championships in Linz, Austria, kicked off the Olympic and Paralympic qualification process for many crews with their sights on Tokyo 2020. 86% of all medal-winning boats at the 2019 World Rowing Championships rowed with Concept2 oars and sculls! Countries race to qualify in each boat class, qualifying the boats, not the athletes. This year's event attracted nearly 1200 competitors from 80 countries, including two outstanding "older" elite competitors of note: Continue Reading ›

The Versatile Durable Bantam Scull

Jun 17, 2019

Concept2 Bantam Sculls are low-cost and durable; they are also proving themselves to be a versatile option for athletes of all ages.

Narragansett Boat Club (NBC)—also known as America’s Oldest Boat Club (in operation since 1838!)—offers rowing for recreation and competition for athletes of all ages. Member Ruth Berenson considered the Bantam as a good club oar because of the price ($350 per pair), durability, and their ease of handling. The small and efficient blade size on the Bantam is a nice fit for many of their athletes. Continue Reading ›

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The Strong, Durable Skinny

Jun 03, 2019

The Skinny shaft for our oars and sculls is deceiving: the smaller diameter looks elegant—but it is also strong.

To create the Skinny shaft, a similar amount of carbon is used as our standard Ultralight shaft. Due to the similarity of the components, fully assembled Skinny and the Ultralight shafts weigh nearly the same. Continue Reading ›

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The Adventures of Beeman: World Cup I

May 16, 2019

We’re ready for Bob Beeman, of our Oar Manufacturing Team, to audition for reality TV show “The Amazing Race.”

Our Regatta Service team travels to assist competitors at races all around the world. At the helm of many of our international regattas is Bob, who started working at Concept2 over 30 years ago. Bob brings his wealth of experience to help elite athletes in the World Rowing Cup series: the highest level of competition in the sport. (The World Rowing Championships are replaced by the Olympics every four years.) Continue Reading ›

Oars for Every Boat

Mar 27, 2019

Concept2 builds custom oars for all types of boats. This includes rowing shells used by teams, clubs and scullers for training and competition, but it also includes a wide range of other “boats that go backwards” like ocean and open water rowing boats, skiffs, wherries, guideboats and dories (to name just a few!). Even a stand up paddleboard (SUP) can be rowed! Continue Reading ›

10 Questions with Charlotte Hollings

Oct 15, 2018

Charlotte Hollings is a successful Masters rower with a deep commitment to the sport. Charlotte spent five years on the USRowing National Team (1985, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1994), during which she won a Silver Medal (World Championships, 1985) and a Gold Medal (1994), both in the lightweight four. She started rowing in 1978 at TC Williams High School (Alexandria, Virginia) and then rowed four years at the University of Virginia when it was a club program. She has coached at Stanford University, Boston University and Cornell University. In 2001, she started Calm Waters Rowing (a full-service sculling camp) with her husband, John. She will be rowing Bow #1 in the Women's Grand Master Singles (age 50+) at this year's Head Of The Charles Regatta Continue Reading ›

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