She just doesn’t quit

In third grade, she won the 100-meter individual medley in swimming at the Maine State Championship. In high school, she led her basketball team to nationals—twice. So when one of Eleanor Logan’s teachers at Brooks School suggested that she take up rowing for the spring semester, she did. And she’s been “on a row” ever since—winning one gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Games and another at the 2012 London Games.

The Stanford graduate and former Pac-10 Women’s Rowing Athlete of the Year made her rowing debut at the 2004 CanAmMex Regatta in Montreal, just one year after setting foot in a competition boat for the first time. She went on to become one of the most decorated rowers in the country, competing and medaling at the FISA World Cup, World Championships, and the Henley Regatta. After a stellar career rowing in eights with other women, she’s now decided to go it alone as a single sculler.

“I’m motivated by the fact that, every day, I have the opportunity to be the best at something. Some people say they win because they hate to lose. I like to win because I am my best on that particular day and I have performed to my potential. During hard training sessions I’ve often thought about quitting, but if I did I would be upset, because that would mean I wasn’t going hard enough.”

  • 2012 London Games (women’s eight) gold medal
  • 2008 Beijing Games (women’s eight) gold medal
  • 2011, 2010 World Championships (women’s eight) gold medal
  • 2009 World Championships (women’s four) silver medal
  • 2007 World Championships (women’s eight) bronze medal
  • 2005 Junior World Championships (women’s eight) fourth place

“I’ve found that how I recover between practices can impact my training significantly. I’m always in pursuit of how I can better take care of my body, both physically and mentally.”