For Three-Time Olympic Champion Logan, A Change of Pace


Elle Logan's three Olympic golds will be on display this weekend at RP3 Rowing at Attager Row.

Elle Logan’s three Olympic golds will be on display this weekend at RP3 Rowing at Attager Row.

By Janine Eduljee – Posted on October 22, 2016

Elle Logan has rowed—and won—all over the world. Three consecutive gold medals at the Beijing, London and Rio Olympics, numerous world and US rowing titles and an illustrious career under her belt. Yet she always comes back to her New England roots and the Head of the Charles Regatta, which she’s been a part of since she was a high school athlete in Maine.

Now 29, Logan will be competing as a single sculler for the first time in the Regatta, although she competed in the single in international competitions back in 2013. For those wondering about the timing of her move from women’s eight to single sculls (especially in light of veteran singles rower Gevvie Stone’s retirement announcement), Logan says the change has more to do with her current training regimen.

Logan 2“I have just been taking a lot of time off since Rio, racing at the Olympics, and it’s been a good way to just keep in semi-shape here and there and I haven’t been training full time,” said Logan. “Gevvie did such an amazing job racing in the single so I’m excited to be racing in the same event with her.”

In fact, thanks to her team’s third Olympic gold-medal finish in Rio, Logan has been traveling all over the country to talk about her win and take some much needed rest and relaxation.

“You know we trained for three practices a day for four years and I’ve just been kind of decompressing,” Logan explained. “Just because I’m done with the Olympics, I don’t know if I’m going to keep going or not. It’s something I haven’t decided.”

Logan says she hasn’t even begun to think about Tokyo in 2020, or even what her next steps will be. But she’s certainly proud of how these Olympics have gone for her. The team rowed fiercely to overtake early leaders Canada and the Netherlands, eventually securing a two-second win over Great Britain and Romania who placed second and third respectively.

“Rowing in Rio was an amazing experience,” said Logan. “The group of women that I raced with, we’ve actually never raced together as a boat before and it was so much fun to see when we got named as the women’s eight and we had a couple months, maybe two or three or something, how we just came together as a team and our rowing style and it was really fun to be a part of that process.”

Logan also said that Rio itself was a wonderful city to host the Olympics. After the women’s eight competition finished, they were able to visit the historic beautiful beaches and soak up the Brazilian culture. The team hasn’t trained together since then.

“I think that my eight boat, we were so focused on the Olympics and now everyone’s kind of relaxing a little bit and so we’re really proud of what we did at the Olympics and the fact that we can leave it there is something to be very proud of,” said Logan.

While Logan said that many of her teammates have already committed to returning to the women’s eight boat, Logan is unsure whether she will or not, and for the time being is content to row at her own leisure.

“I just love being out on the water and figuring out how the boat moves in sync with my fitness and my power,” Logan says of why she loves rowing.

So how does Logan feel about tomorrow’s race, where she will be competing in champion singles alongside HOCR legend Stone?

“Of course there’s always that competitive bug in us,” jokes Logan. “We can’t get it out! But it’s really just not worrying about the results, just going down the course.”


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