London 2012 Guide to…Rowing

ROWING has been at every Olympics since 1900. It would have been at the Games four years later were it not for bad weather!

  • Rowing in London

There will be 14 rowing events, eight for men and six for women, ranging from single and double sculls to coxless pairs. A scull is a type of boat and a cox directs the crew from the front.

Every race is over 2km, and the competition starts with heats which eliminate slower crews.

  • Proud to be British

GB has an excellent rowing history, led by Sir Steve Redgrave.

Britain were also the leading nation at the Games four years ago, and they lie third on the all-time medals table, with 54 medals including 24 gold.

And finally…

Look out for: Sir Steve Redgrave. One of Team GB’s most famous Olympians, the five-time gold medallist will no doubt be making regular appearances – not on the water, mind you.

Not to be confused with: two people having a heated argument.

Useless but informative fact: rowing is the only sport where competitors cross the line backwards.

Rowing in two words: utter exhaustion.

Rowing starts at Eton Dorney on Saturday 28th July and finishes on 4th August.