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Esther Lofgren won gold in the women's eight at the 2012 Olympic Games. She is a seven-time U.S. national team rower, current World Record holder in the eight, four-time World Champion and seven-time World Championship medalist. She blogs for USRowing about training, racing, and the life of an elite rower.

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Team USA Rowing at Dorney Lake


The race course, looking fast and almost ready!


Wow...the past five days have really flown by. We're pretty settled in now to the Olympic Rowing Village, and the other countries have just started to arrive (for a while, it was just us, Belarus, Zimbabwe, Hong Kong, and a few others!) We're also into our normal training routine at Dorney Lake in Eton, which is the same fast course I remember from the World Championships in 2006!


Some things are slightly different, though, like the...interesting Olympic mascots at the 1,000m mark wearing GB unisuits!


We're still not sure what Wenlock is supposed to represent...


But once we're on the water, it's just our normal training and racing and getting ready to have the best races of our lives! Taylor, my lovely pair partner, shows off the view from my seat!


The view from my office!


Between practices, we've been grabbing meals at the course, which has great food and beautiful views of the finish line of the racing!


Yummy refueling at the course between sessions.


The Village also has a great training room for both us and the Olympic kayakers and canoeists, who will be racing the week after us. The pair and I got in some off-the-water training after getting to watch the awesome racing on the last day of the Tour de France!


Erging with the Sara(h)s and some of the Aussie men at the Village gym!


That's all for now from us getting ready to race. We're dialed in on our race preparations and practicing, which doesn't make for the most exciting blog posts, but which does make for all of us getting to the line knowing how prepared and focused we are on the work we've come here to do.


Team USA is almost all here now--the men's four and quad will be here tomorrow--and it is really exciting to be here, all together, getting ready to represent our country for the big one! Can't wait. Go USA!

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