Olympic champion Glover open to boat switch after Rio Games

08 April 2015 / 13:23

While she insists she is hellbent on defending her Olympic title at Rio next year, Helen Glover admits she would consider changing boats when the dust has settled in Brazil.

After setting a new Olympic record in the women’s coxless pairs heats at London 2012, Glover and Heather Stanning stormed to Team GB’s first gold medal of the Games, and the first ever Olympic gold medal for British women’s rowing.

After the Games, however, Stanning took some time out of the sport to return to the army, Glover going on to win the World Championship pairs title alongside Polly Swann.

The duo were back together last year with devastating effect, winning both the world and European titles.

And with Glover’s sights set firmly on repeating the trick at the 2016 Rio Olympics, the 28-year-old insists she doesn’t know what the future will hold for her beyond Brazil.

"I would like the opportunity to maybe branch out and try a different boat," Glover told BBC Radio Cornwall.

"But that would need some careful consideration as to whether I was going to continue after Rio, as I don't see myself moving boats before Rio.

"The pair is the only boat I've rowed internationally and that wasn't intentional, I started rowing with Heather, we went fast enough to be selected together and it happened to be in that boat type.

"We then happened to keep on winning, so there was no reason to leave that event.

"But if Heather hadn't come back after the Olympics when she had a year out and went off into the army, then I might have considered doing something like the single or the double.

"But I get to row with Heather, she's a great friend and a great team-mate and at the moment it's a formula that works."

Glover and Stanning are busy preparing for next month’s European Championships in Poznan, however the former admits the main aim is retaining their world title in France.

"Really this season is about the World Championships in September," added Glover.

"It's really important this year because it's the Olympic qualification regatta, so every boat has to come in a certain position to guarantee a slot in the Olympic Games in Rio.

"Last year the World Championships were fantastic, they were great and they were important, but this year winning and medalling is important, but qualification is on everybody's mind."

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