BOOTHBAY HARBOR, Maine — Two-time Olympic gold medalist Elle Logan took her rowing career in a different direction late last year. That new focus will get its first test in a world championship setting next week.
The 25-year-old Logan, an Olympic champion in the women’s eight at both the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing and the 2012 Summer Games in London, will compete in single sculls at the 2013 World Rowing Championships that begin Sunday in Chungju, South Korea.
A fixture on the U.S. women’s team since 2007 with 14 international, senior-level medals to her credit, Logan will enter that meet having collected four medals in three Samsung World Rowing Cup events earlier this year.
“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,” Logan told U.S. Rowing. “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 2011 graduate of Stanford University earned the bronze medal in single sculls and silver in quadruple sculls at World Rowing Cup #1 at Sydney, Australia, in March, then won the women’s single sculls at the U.S. National Selection Regatta in Princeton, N.J., in April to qualify for the next two World Rowing Cup events.
In June, she added a bronze-medal finish at World Rowing Cup #2 in Eton Dorney, Great Britain, and with that finish earned the right to represent the United States at the world championships.
Logan then scored her third podium finish in as many attempts in single sculls at World Rowing Cup #3, winning the silver medal in Lucerne, Switzerland, where she finished 1.73 seconds behind 2012 Olympian bronze medalist Kim Crow of Australia but defeated reigning Olympic and world champion Mirka Knapkova of the Czech Republic by 0.36 seconds.
“I’m just trying to get better every race,” the 6-foot-2-inch, 175-pound Logan told Palo Alto Online after that race. “The competition is fast. I’m just trying to stay really internal and focus on the things that I have to work on.”
Logan will be one of 24 women entered in the single sculls at the world championships. The field also will include Knapkova, Crow and New Zealand’s Emma Twigg, who finished fourth at the London Olympics and won gold the Eton World Rowing Cup stop.
The last U.S. woman to medal in the boat class was Michelle Guerette, who won silver at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
The world championships will be held at Chungju’s newly constructed Tangeum International Regatta Course and feature 14 Olympic boat classes, eight international events and five Para-Rowing events, which formerly were referred to as adaptive rowing.
The opening round of the women’s single is scheduled for Monday, with competition continuing throughout the week leading up to the final at approximately 2 a.m. on August 31.
The semifinals and final will be streamed live at www.worldrowing.com, while audio commentary will be available for earlier rounds.