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Glover sets sights on defending Olympic crown in Rio

April 11, 2013 15:29 pm

Olympic champion Helen Glover has admitted that she intends to defend her crown at the Rio 2016 Games.

Glover won gold in the women’s coxless pair alongside Heather Stanning at London 2012, Team GB’s first gold medal of the Games.

But, with Stanning returning to the army Glover’s future looked somewhat uncertain, the 26-year-old teaming up with Polly Swann last month to good affect as they claimed World Cup gold in Sydney.

And Glover has revealed that her long-term goal is now to keep hold of her crown in Brazil in three year’s time after committing to another Olympic cycle.

"I plan on hopefully getting to Rio if I'm good enough and that's the big goal," Glover said.

"Some people across all sports are unsure if they are going to carry on but it's my long-term plan.

"I don't think it gets any bigger than a home Olympics so those who competed at London aren't sure what they want to do.

"Four years is a long time to commit yourself when you have to make all the sacrifices that are needed.

"All people see is the seven minutes of the race, they don't see the daily grind of training now, next year and the year after that."

Glover and Stanning’s Olympic success was rewarded this week as they collected their MBEs from the Queen at Windsor Castle.

And Glover admitted the day would live long in her memory.

“You never take up a sport because of those accolades which aren’t Olympic medals and World Championship medals and so this is something we never, ever considered getting,” she added.

“What it has done is highlight how much the nation enjoyed the Games and how big it was for the nation, because for us getting our gold was a really personal thing.”

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