“How old were you when you started training? Why? What inspired you to get to the Olympics?” - @pannastasia08
You asked, and 🥇 Olympic Gold Medalist @adamkreek
🥇 answered: “I first tried rowing when I was 13 at a local university camp. When I was 16, a parent started a rowing program at my high school, and competed in the spring. I was a three sport athlete, playing football and basketball as well. I started rowing to increase my conditioning for the other sports I played. Rowing is classified as a late-entry sport, and you can begin it as an athletic teenager or college student and take it all the way to the Olympics.
Interestingly enough, research has confirmed my personal experience. Multi-sport athletes have a higher likelihood of achieving more at the highest level of sport. Multi-sport athletes suffer fewer injuries, have less burnout and can move more dynamically. Focusing your child too early on one sport can really limit their long term success.”