Olympics

What Exactly is Biathlon?

Apr 22, 2019

Disclaimer: I am trying to recruit biathlon fans in the U.S.
Team USA Olympian Hannah Dressigacker illustrated this guide to biathlon in 2014 while she was competing in Sochi, Russia. Although European audiences for Biathlon events set viewership records, the sport is just starting to catch on in the United States, and Hannah's goal was to help her followers better understand the sport. Many of us here at Concept2 have tried biathlon, and have a great appreciation for the challenges it presents. Continue Reading ›

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Kicking Off The On Water Season

Apr 04, 2019

As the rivers and lakes begin to melt here in Vermont, we’re eager to start training on water—while many programs are already kicking off the regatta season! The San Diego Crew Classic declares “the rowing season starts here”. Year-round, there's great rowing to watch here in North America—coast to coast from San Diego to Boston. Here’s what we look forward to throughout the year. Continue Reading ›

10 Questions with Tom Darling

Dec 14, 2018

Thomas Darling is the Director of Para Rowing for USRowing. His job is to identify and develop nine para athletes to race in the Paralympics. Tom is a three time Olympian: 1980 (boycott), 1984 (Silver Medal, Men’s 8+) and 1988 (5th, Men’s 4+). He graduated from Syracuse University in 1981 with a BA in Psychology and earned a MEd from Boston University 1991. In 2008 he started volunteering at Community Rowing in Newton, Massachusetts, with the Adaptive Rowing program and created the first Adaptive Indoor Rowing Championships (AIR-Cs) in 2009, and subsequently introduced para events at the CRASH-Bs. He was hired by USRowing as Director of Para Rowing in 2013. Continue Reading ›

The Damper and Drag of Olympians

Jul 30, 2018

Concept2 generally recommends a damper setting on the indoor rower between three and five. Damper Setting is not resistance. The damper controls the air flow into the flywheel. It affects the feel of the stroke, but does not directly determine the resistance—which is generated by the speed of the rotating flywheel. A setting of “10” is not “better” nor indicating strength or speed. In fact, we asked some of our favorite Olympians and coaches what damper setting they use and why. The answers and their reasoning, below, may surprise you.

The athletes we interviewed prefer to adjust their indoor rowers to a specific drag factor instead of to a damper setting. Drag factor is recalulated on every run-down of the flywheel and takes local conditions into account. Indoor rowers adjusted to the same drag factors will feel similar, regardless of what damper setting is used to achieve that drag. It is important to note that the Performance Monitor self-calibrates, so regardless of damper setting or changing conditions, your true effort is measured. Here's how to Display Drag Factor on your Performance Monitor. Continue Reading ›

Olympic Reflections

Mar 05, 2018

As the PyeongChang Olympics draw to a close, we check back in with our six local Vermont Olympians to gather their reflections on the experience. We thank them for taking the time to share their perspectives and wisdom with us! All six are now competing in Europe in the last few World Cups of the season. We wish them well in racing and will continue to follow their results!

The Paralympic Winter Games kick off on March 9 in PyeongChang. We look forward to following more inspirational athletes. Continue Reading ›

Cheering on Local Vermont Olympians

Feb 15, 2018
Vermont tends to produce more than its share of Winter Olympians (in fact, the highest number per capita in the United States!) thanks to its snowy climate and plentiful winter sport opportunities. This year is no exception. Here at Concept2, we’re especially excited for six young women who have trained at the nearby Craftsbury Outdoor Center, as part of the Craftsbury Green Racing Project. Four of them—Susan Dunklee, Ida Sargent, Emily Dreissigacker and Kaitlynn Miller—grew up in our neighborhood, skiing and running together often on our local trails. All six know the SkiErg well, and most have also done some rowing as good cross-training for skiing. Three are on the US Cross Country Ski Team and three are on the US Biathlon Team. Here’s a quick intro to “our” local Olympians. Continue Reading ›

2017 Great Eight Athletes (Updated)

Sep 12, 2017
Concept2 CTS and HUDSON are teaming up once again to bring together the best of the best—the top scullers in the world competing together in a sweep “Great Eight” at the Head Of The Charles® Regatta. These composite crews look to compete against the fastest national, collegiate and club teams in the Women’s and Men’s Championship Eight events.
2016 Women's Great Eight
For the 6th annual Great Eights, we're excited to introduce the next generation. This year marks the beginning of a new Olympic quadrennial, with fresh faces heading to Boston after World Championship competition. Continue Reading ›

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