US women’s rowing team uses Zoom to train and practice social distancing

Rowing is a sport that requires a lot of repetition and teamwork, but being in a narrow boat with multiple people poses a problem when it comes to social distancing, and the U.S. women's national team is attempting to work around it.

News 12 Staff

May 18, 2020, 2:18 PM

Updated 1,434 days ago

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Rowing is a sport that requires a lot of repetition and teamwork, but being in a narrow boat with multiple people poses a problem when it comes to social distancing, and the U.S. women's national team is attempting to work around it.
The United States women's rowing team will be going for its fourth straight gold medal in the women's eight when the Tokyo summer games finally take place in 2021.
"We're all a team, and we're all one and we all have one goal and we're all still in it so it's kind of exciting to have another year,” says Olympic hopeful Brooke Wolford. “I'm ready to just get faster and get stronger."
The U.S. team would normally train with multiple rowers in a boat at its headquarters in Princeton, but to maintain a proper social distance, the women have had to move their training to Zoom, where they work on individual rowing machines, weights, and yoga.
"It's so nice to get hands on work and being able to like have a coach come up to you and put you in the right position if you're not, so that's definitely been difficult,” says Wolford.
That's where Princeton-based physical therapist Lara Heimann comes into picture. The yoga and anatomy expert is able to watch the women over Zoom and help them make adjustments.
"I fortunately have a lot of experience of just looking at bodies and knowing what I want to see happening in the movement, so it's just being very precise in queuing," says Heimann.
Heimann says we can all learn a lot from the way the women are adapting to the challenges COVID-19 has presented, and she's confident the team can remain the best in the world.
"They have this big goal that has been postponed, and they are just going to come back at it with more fierceness I think," says Heimann.
The Tokyo Summer Olympics are scheduled to start July 23, 2021.


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