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The name Olaf Tufte has become synonymous with rowing for decades, and not just in his home country of Norway 🇳🇴, but internationally. Recently retired after 26 years of elite rowing, Olaf Tufte is the recipient of the 2021 Thomas Keller medal.
2021 World Rowing Coach of the Year, Canada’s Michelle Darvill. From her time as an athlete, then elite athlete, then club coach and on to coach of the Tokyo Olympic Champion Canadian women’s eight.
On a hot July day in Tokyo, Japan, two Irish rowers made history when they rowed the Sea Forest Waterway regatta course, finishing the 2000m Olympic final in 6:06.43.
Joel Naukkarinen, who has been rowing since he was 13 years old, and on the Finnish national team since 2014, has also found success in Indoor rowing. On the podium at the 2020 and 2021 World Rowing Indoor Championships, he is chasing down another at this year’s edition.
As it the case for most Olympic sports, National team rowing programmes invariably centre around the four-year cycle (or for this past Olympiad, make that five years). This means that following the Tokyo Olympics national rowing federations did a reset and a re-think and a re-shuffle.
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