US Rowing has announced that two-time Olympic gold medalist Eleanor Logan of Boothbay Harbor has officially accepted her invitation to represent the United States at the 2013 World Rowing Championships in Chungju, South Korea August 25-September 1. Logan will row in the women’s single sculls event. Although she sculled in the women’s quadruple sculls at the Henley Royal Regatta in 2011 winning the Princess Grace Challenge (and the first American boat to do so) she only began training in a single in October, 2012.
In March at the World Rowing Cup #1 in Sydney, Australia, Logan won a bronze medal in the single sculls and a silver medal in the quadruple sculls. The Rowing World Cup is an annual team competition, created in 1997, comprising three international regattas per year and is not considered the World Championship event.
In April, she won the women’s single sculls at the United States National Selection Regatta in Princeton, N.J. Her win allowed her to represent the United States in the women’s single sculls at the World Rowing Cup #2 and #3 events.
In June at the World Cup #2 at Dorney Lake, Eton, England, Logan won a bronze medal. Under US Rowing rules, her third place finish gave her the right to represent the United States at the World Rowing Championships in the women’s single sculls event.
On July 14, she rowed to a silver medal, again in the women’s single sculls, at the World Cup #3 in Lucerne, Switzerland, beating the 2012 Olympic champion by 0.36 seconds, but 1.73 seconds behind Kim Crow of Australia.
About her change from sweep rowing an eight to sculling a single, Logan said, “The single is unique in that it's only me moving the boat and therefore it has forced me to become much more aware of my body, how I apply my power and how every movement has an impact on boat speed, both good and bad. When it comes to racing, I plan on approaching it as I have always done in the past, and that isn't any different.”
The World Championships begin Sunday, Aug. 29. Audio commentary will be streamed through the World Rowing website (www.worldrowing.com) throughout the championships. Finals are set for Sunday, Sept. 1 at 3 p.m. Korea Standard Time (2 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time August 31) when video will also be streamed through the World Rowing website.