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Its 2012!

Just 200 days ‘til London

09/01/2012 - 11:54:00 CET

As the 2012 year begins, the days continue to tick by towards July. Today marks 200 days until the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. On 27 July the XXXth Olympiad will be officially opened. Rowing is one of the first sports to get underway at the Olympics and it starts straight away with the first races beginning at 9.30am the next day.

33 Countries qualified for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

04/09/2011 - 17:01:00 CET

In the primary qualification regatta for the London 2012 Olympic Games’ rowing regatta, the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia saw 33 countries qualify boats.

British rowers contemplate 2012 ‘Home Games’

01/01/2012 - 10:47:00 CET

Great Britain finished the 2011 season as the top rowing country in the world. As well as winning the Samsung World Rowing Cup series, the British team topped the World Rowing Championships medal table with 10 medals from the 14 Olympic boat classes, two golds in the non-Olympic boat classes and two golds in the adaptive boat classes.

The Olympic Games: London 2012. Rowing

The Facts

Venue: Eton Dorney
Dates: Saturday 28 July – Saturday 4 August
Medal events: 14
Athletes: 550 (353 men, 197 women).

At the current Olympics the following 14 events are offered:

  • Men: Quad sculls, Double sculls, Single sculls, Eight, Coxless four, Coxless pair
  • Lightweight Men: coxless four, double sculls
  • Women: quad sculls, double sculls, single sculls, eight, coxless pair
  • Lightweight Women: double sculls

The lightweight events were threatened in 2002 when the Programme Commission of the IOC recommended that, outside of combat sports (boxing & wrestling, but not fencing, shooting, and archery) and weightlifting, there should not be weight-category events. The Executive Board overturned this recommendation and the lightweight rowing has been continued.

The non olympic boatclasses (which still compete in World Championships) are today LM1X, LM4X, LM2-, LM8+, LW1X, LW4X, W4-, and M2+

Venue: Eton Dorney

Eton Dorney Rowing Centre at Dorney Lake is a world-class venue that will be used for the Rowing events during the London 2012 Games.
The venue is a 2,200m, eight-lane rowing course with a separate return lane constructed to international standards. It is set in a 400-acre park with a nature conservation area. In 2006, it hosted the Rowing World Championships, with high praise from both competitors and spectators.

The venue’s existing facilities have been enhanced for athlete warm-up and Canoe Sprint events during the Games. These works included the installation of a new 50m-span bridge over a widened entrance to the return lake for vehicles and pedestrians.

A cut-through between the competition lake and the return lake, and a new bridge over this cut-through area have also been constructed. The new cut-through enables rowers to move between the rowing course and return lake.

To facilitate these works, the existing gravel/stone access road to the competition venue has been upgraded.



Athlete (nation) Olympics Gold Silver Bronze Total Notes
Elisabeta Lipă
Romania (ROU)
1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004 5 2 1 8 20 years between first and last gold medal
Steve Redgrave
Great Britain (GBR)
1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000 5 0 1 6 Gold medals in 5 straight Games, 1984 Gold in the coxed four, 1988 Gold in the pair with Andy Holmes , 1992 and 1996 Gold in the pair with Matthew Pinsent and in 2000 Gold in the coxless four
Georgeta Damian
Romania (ROU)
2000, 2004, 2008 5 0 1 6 Won the pair and the eights in both 2000 and 2004, and the pair again in 2008
Doina Ignat
Romania (ROU)
1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 4 1 1 6 Part of Romania's three-straight gold medalist eight
Viorica Susanu
Romania (ROU)
1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 4 0 1 5 Won three medals in the women's eight, and two in the pair
Matthew Pinsent
Great Britain (GBR)
1992, 1996, 2000, 2004 4 0 0 4 Four straight Olympic golds. Won with Steven Redgrave in the pair in 1992 and 1996. In the coxless four in 2000 and in 2004
Kathrin Boron
Germany (GER)
1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 4 0 1 5 Four straight Olympic golds. Bronze in her final Olympics in the Quadruple Sculls
Jack Beresford
Great Britain (GBR)
1920, 1924, 1928, 1932, 1936 3 2 0 5 First rower to win a medal at 5 straight Olympics. WWII prevented the opportunity for a sixth medal
Constanţa Burcică
Romania (ROU)
1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 3 1 1 5 Won three gold medals in the women's lightweight double sculls
Elena Georgescu
Romania (ROU)
1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 3 1 1 5 Coxswain of Romania's women's eight






Juniors become World Champions and Eton is tested

Tue, 9 Aug 11 13:37

It was a test for the rowing regatta at the London 2012 Olympic Games. It was also a chance for the best juniors in the world to become World Champions.

High point of the year for rowing’s juniors

Sun, 7 Aug 11 11:49

The final day of the 2011 World Rowing Junior Championships in Eton Dorney, Great Britain was squashed into the morning after inclement weather was predicted for later in the day. This worked out well for the rowers who got to enjoy relatively flat water but had to deal with unpredictable cross-tail wind gusts.

Following on...

Fourteen-year-old superstar

Sun, 7 Aug 11 09:52

Mia Croonquist: 14 years old, 6 foot tall. Impressive stats. What’s more impressive – this is her first World Rowing Junior Championships, and she is World Champion. The fourteen-year-old is the youngest girl to ever compete for the American national team and has only been rowing for a year and a half.

4th time lucky: World Champion Lucy Grinalds

Sat, 6 Aug 11 18:27

Today, Lucy Grinalds of the United States of America was one of the first World Rowing Junior Champions, competing in the Junior Women's Four. This is her fourth year competing for her national squad at world level, and her first gold medal. Last year she finished second in the same event, this year she went one better. She talks to...

The buzz of success at World Juniors

Sat, 6 Aug 11 17:18

The 2011 World Rowing Junior Championships continued at Eton Dorney, Great Britain with six finals being contested today. Rowers sped along, enjoying tail wind conditions and mild temperatures. The rain held off, and the crowds littering the banks of the future 2012 Olympic Regatta venue enjoyed some tight, exciting finals. The Olympic hype...

Oh so close in Junior Championships semifinals

Sat, 6 Aug 11 15:14

The tailwind conditions at the 2011 World Rowing Junior Championships in Eton Dorney, Great Britain lent itself to fast qualifying times during today’s semifinal races. In front of a large and noisy crowd, six semifinal events were contested and the finish line judges had their work cut out for them as race after race finished with...

I'm not afraid of anybody...

Sat, 6 Aug 11 09:28

Enrico d’Aniello is the cox of the Italian junior men’s eight. This year in Eton will be the fourth World Rowing Junior Championships for the fifteen year old. The Italian junior men’s eight qualified for the A-Final on Saturday afternoon and this cox is looking forward to the race.

Medal-winning dreams for Chilean Junior

Fri, 5 Aug 11 16:22

Natalia Sánchez Rojas (JW1+, CHI) participates for the third time in the World Rowing Junior Championships. The fifteen-year-old girl is the current South American Junior Champion in the single and started rowing when she was 10 years old.

Semifinals on track at Junior Worlds

Fri, 5 Aug 11 13:09

For the British the day was simple to describe - glorious. The first round of semifinals got under way at the 2011 World Rowing Junior Championships in Eton Dorney, Great Britain in great conditions. Sunny, warm weather and a small tail wind that caused barely a ripple on the water was welcomed by the juniors competing in the semifinals of...

"This is my PhD in Rowing"

Thu, 4 Aug 11 15:27

World Rowing talked to Eva Kovach from the USA, OC Team volunteer for the Control Commission at the World Rowing Junior Championships in Eton.

Junior Championships taste Eton rain

Thu, 4 Aug 11 13:57

In a complete contrast to the first day of racing, the 2011 World Rowing Junior Championships in Eton, Great Britain endured a mixture of driving rain to an easing shower. Today saw 10 heats being contested in cross head-wind conditions, resulting in relatively slow times.

There was no doubt, however, that these are the best...

Top juniors test the waters at 2012 Olympic venue

Wed, 3 Aug 11 16:25

As chants of ‘Italia!’ and ‘Espana!’ rang out, the World Rowing Junior Championships were opened in exuberant style on Tuesday evening.