Olympic champion Stanning delighted to reunite with Glover

18 April 2014 / 12:44

Heather Stanning admits she is champing at the bit to get going again as she prepares to race with Helen Glover for the first time since winning gold at London 2012 together.

Stanning and Glover wrote their name into the history books at London 2012 as they claimed Britain’s first ever Olympic gold medal in women's rowing.

However, the two parted company in the aftermath of that day at Eton Dorney as Stanning went back to the army, only rejoining the squad last December.

Meanwhile, Glover went on to team up with Polly Swann with much success, the duo claiming women’s pair gold at the 2013 World Championships in South Korea.

But, despite that success GB women's chief coach Paul Thompson has chosen to revert to the original pairing of Stanning and Glover for this weekend’s British trials.

And Stanning insists she couldn’t be happier to be back alongside Glover – even if she knows they have work to do if they are to climb the top step of the podium again.

"I'm thrilled to be rowing with Helen again. That was my aim," Stanning said. "Everything is going to plan so far. Helen has progressed in the year I've been away so I'm striving to get to that standard.

"Four years ago, Helen and I had just got into the squad and everything was new as we prepared for London. Now we've got that experience, but it's not just about doing what we did in the last Olympiad, we need to get better because the event has moved on."

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