The list of qualified indoor rowers for the 2017 World Games in Poland is out, and it includes some of rowing’s biggest wheels. Setting the pace is Ukrainian Olympic sculler Olena Buryak, who currently holds the world record for 2,000 meters. Great Britain’s Graham Benton, owner of the fastest 2k time for 40-49 heavyweight men, is also among the 69 athletes who submitted scores during a six-month qualification process. This is the first year the multisport competition for non-Olympic sports has included indoor rowing. The World Games run from July 20-30.
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?