Elle Logan Q & A - Stanford Rowing

Dec. 11, 2008

At 21 years old, Elle Logan made her Olympic debut in Beijing, rowing in the gold medal-winning women's eight. Aside from being named to the All-Pac-10 Conference Team and the All-American team, Logan made the national team for the first time in 2007. A spare for the 2007 Worlds, Logan won bronze at the 2008 World Cup stop in Lucerne, and finished second in the pair at Trials. Courtesy of nbcolympics.com.

Which of your teammates would you like to trade places with for a day?... Either Jenna, Tiffany, or Maura. It doesn't matter which one: they're all coxswain. I want to sit in a boat without having to strain my muscles!

What are your sights set on after college?... The plan right now is to keep rowing and trying out for the national team. The ultimate goal is to earn another Olympic berth at the 2012 London Games. 

Proposed 2012 London Olympics Logo

Describe 'a day in the life' of training for the national team... Training tends to demand 8 hours per day, usually broken into three workouts. One or two of the training sessions are done on the water. The third workout rotates between [the] erg, running, or lifting. 

Talent you would most like to have... I want to be able to sing really well. Good music is such a thrill. I don't have a preference for what type of music I could sing, but if an amazing voice was given to me I would most likely apply it to a unique genre like opera.

Singing cartoon

Favorite teams as a kid... [Hailing from Boothbay Harbor, ME] I am a loyal New England girl: my favorite teams were and always will be the Celtics, Red Sox, and Bruins. I am actually a huge fan of hockey, so I'll count the AHL Portland Pirates among my favorites, as well.

Boston Pro Sports Team Logos

What is your favorite class that you are taking or have taken?... The Films of Woody Allen. I had seen a few of Allen's latest movies, such as Match Point. But this course exposed me to his full repertoire of films. The syllabus obviously required the viewing of many movies. In addition, we read books authored by and about Allen, critics' reviews, and interpretive pieces. I can confidently say that my two favorite Woody Allen projects are Stardust Memories and Deconstructing Harry.

Caricature of Woody Allen

What is your biggest pet peeve?... My roommate, who I normally love, has a terrible habit of opening our kitchen cupboards and walking away without closing them. So I regularly enter the kitchen to find an eye-sore of several open cupboards. It's really annoying.

If you could cook dinner for one famous person, dead or alive, who would it be? What would you serve him/her for dinner?... My first inclination is to say Ghandi, but I don't think he ate a lot. It would be a waste of a meal! So my second invitation would go to the Rolling Stones - all of them. They are my favorite band and the thought of spending time with Keith Richards is very cool. But we would order out for Thai. We would all have a much more pleasant experience if I avoided the kitchen!

The Rolling Stones group shot

What is the most wide-spread misconception about rowing?... Everyone thinks that the only body part that rowers use is their arms. Quite the contrary, the majority of rowing energy comes from the legs, while the core and back also play major roles. In fact, I would identify my arms as having the weakest muscle group in my body. 

Favorite moment in a competition... Pulling into the start blocks a few moments before a race begins. A hush seems to fall over the water. The only things you can hear are the last-minute mutters on competitor's boats and the adjustment of oars in their boxes. The moment is the most nerve-wracking and high-adrenaline of the entire race, yet there's a tranquility to it that I love.

Rowers line up for the start

What is the best advice you've received?... With regard to rowing, 'don't let the lows get too low or the highs too high.' If I have a poor workout, for example, it's important to acknowledge the disappointment in myself, but then get over it. There's no sense in dwelling on something that's over and done with. Instead, one needs to think about the improvements that can be made so that a repeat performance does not happen. On the flip side, don't celebrate and boast too much after achieving success. It's just as important to learn from the high times as the low times; focusing on the details that made a race 'click' will make them habit in the future, and in order to keep winning one must constantly improve the little things.

Favorite Stanford Rowing workout?... Rowing to the San Mateo Bridge and back on a Saturday morning. I'm not sure of the distance, but it takes us about 2 hours to complete. We literally head out the the bay and just start rowing! It's a challenge due to the elements caused by the bay, but also because Coach [Farooq] mixes up the crews to take us out of our comfort zone.



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