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#RoadToRio: Olympic gold medallist – Rower Kat Copeland

July 19, 2016
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Kat Copeland (below) and Sophie Hosking’s gold medal winning performance at London 2012 was one of the stand-out moments. That famous image of shock and joy, raw emotions captured, will forever be synonymous with that time. So how do you follow that up? Sportsister spoke to Kat Copeland at the scene of her triumphant win, Eton Dorney.

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“I was only 21 when I won gold in London. Being so young I was still getting personal best times and I wanted to carry on to see how far I could get. This time I feel much more prepared, I have so much more experience and am much wiser in terms of rowing, plus I am much happier and more confident as an athlete.”

“It’s been a mixed time since London 2012 though and I’ve had my ups and downs, you need to be mentally and emotionally committed and still have the hunger, otherwise it’s too tough, but I do.”

Chance of retaining the title?

“Rowing is a great sport if you want a long career, as Katherine Grainger has proven, so it didn’t occur to me to stop after I had won the gold medal. It’s going to be really tough to retain the title though, it’s even  going to be tough to get to the final. We won silver at the World Championships last year and were beaten by the Kiwi’s, but since then it’s all moved up a gear again.”

Final preparation

Now it’s all about the final few weeks preparation, technology really helps us here because it’s essential to recover really well between sessions. It’s all about tapering efficiently, so we monitor everything, it’s so essential to avoid injury – even a little niggle. Having the technological back-up helps physically, but also emotionally because it gives us the confidence that we are doing things scientifically.

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Watch:
Kat will be aiming to retain her title with new partner Charlotte Taylor:  6 August – 13 August, starting at 8.30 am (12.30 uk time). Finals start 10 August.

Danielle Sellwood, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

Kat Copeland was speaking on behalf of SAS – the leader in analytics software and services. SAS is the Official Analytics Partner of British Rowing and the GB Rowing Team at www.sas.com

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