Rowing Technique in the Olympic finale 2012:
Enjoy The Race!
Rowing Technique Summary:
Let me start out by saying that there is more than one way to move the single scull to the finish line.
I took the liberty to comment the final of the men’s single scull of the 2012 Olympics. As you will see it is quite obvious that sculling techniques differ.
Mahe Drysdale does a good job hanging his body from his skeletal when he pushes from the legs, but overdraws the finish and ends up feathering while the hands still move to the bow.
Ondrej Synek does a lovely job keeping the single scull level in the water, while he only rows a little bit more than half slide length. Ondrej could be sculling so much faster, it is sick.
Lassi Karonen, a big man, with lots of power to boot, is confident in powering the single to the finish line. He could have so much more speed if he were to hang of his leg drive the same way Mahe does. This would have guaranteed him a medal in the last two Olympics.
Alan Campbell, the wild man, won the bronze medal, he is a fighter, yet he makes his live a lot harder by not moving his body more horizontally and this unfortunately bounces his single scull up and down which is extremely destructive to great boat speed…. yet he won a bonze medal… he too has gold medal capabilities.
Aleksandar Aleksandrov, showed a beautiful sculling style, unfortunately the camera was too far from him and I could not take a close look into detail but he too has some going for him. The side wind did not help him and he finished a disappointing fifth place.
Marcel Hacker, a strong German, could scull so much faster if…. he rowed a more like Aleksandar. The two race side by side and you will see on the footage the difference in push and pull and how the arms travel away from the body on the recovery.
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