Dame Katherine Grainger, Great Britain’s most decorated female Olympic rower, is this year’s recipient of FISA’s Thomas Keller Medal, which recognizes “an exceptional rowing career and exemplary sportsmanship.” Grainger was presented with the annual award during the Lucerne World Rowing Cup July 8. There was little doubt that Grainger would get the nod over a field that included fellow Britons Andrew Triggs-Hodge and para-rower Tom Aggar. The versatile veteran earned five medals in five consecutive Olympic Games—including gold on home waters in 2012—moving seemingly effortlessly between boat classes during her 20-year career.
Dear Doctor Rowing, I’ve been out of the game for a number of years but have recently begun to row a single. I’ve checked out a number of websites and watched a bunch of coaches on YouTube. Years ago, I learned the legs-back-arms method of applying power and it’s always worked for me. But lately down at the club all I hear is talk of “the core.” What’s with all this emphasis on the core?