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Looking Backwards Moving Forwards

As the dust settles on Rio 2016, Martin Cross looks back to the events of the last Olympiad, and ahead to what the next four years may bring.

For some time now, your boat has been cutting through mirror-like water. You shift your gaze to the stern to see it has little or no check and a beautiful, straight wake of bubbles and eddies stretches out into the middle distance. To each side, you see the swirls of the puddles framing the course you have steered over the last few minutes. Behind them in the distance lies the receding scenery that seemed so close when you began. To see what lies ahead of you requires a little extra effort: a twist of the body, a quick glance over your shoulder. Rowers -this almost goes without saying - spend most of their time looking backwards. And at the end of an Olympiad, there’s no better time to look back at what’s been an eventful quadrennial for the sport of rowing. What follows is a reflection on rowing between 2012 and 2016 in an attempt to understand what might happen in the next four years. Looking backwards whilst we go forwards. It’s something rowers are very good at.

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Welcome to Row360, the world’s only global, independent rowing magazine. Row360 brings you features from around the world, profiling the best athletes, coaches, and others from the whole rowing community – Olympic, Paralympic, college, club, ocean, and more.