BOOTHBAY HARBOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Elle Logan is the only American woman to win three Olympic gold medals in rowing. The Boothbay Harbor native and Stanford graduate is thinking about her future now that she has reached the ripe old age of 28.
"I have been spending a lot of time with my family, which I have put on the back burner for too long," she said while having breakfast at a local bakery.
Logan recently won Olympic gold in Rio as a member of the U. S. women's eight with coxswain. It was expected to be the most competitive of the three Olympic finals in which she had participated.
"All five or six teams that were there thought they had a chance, and I think they did," smiled Logan. "It was so successful because we just did exactly what we wanted to do."
A close third at the halfway mark, coxswain Katelin Snyder shouted "We are the U. S. women's eights," her voice ringing across the course.
"It might be a bit arrogant," mused Logan. "There is this sense of dynasty that we're a part of, but let's prove it. Now."
The "Big Boat" responded with an incredible third quarter. The U. S. moved two seconds ahead of the field and cruised to victory.
Elle's experience also helped her slow down and enjoy the awards ceremony. "The first two times, you don't really think about it. It goes so fast. This time I thought, okay, I know it's coming."
Elle will head west to Washington state to join her husband and contemplate her future. She does not know if she will attempt another Olympic cycle, but she does know there will always be rowing in her life.
She doesn't have a favorite Olympic medal, noting that they are all so special. Artistically, she is fond of the medal from Beijing, which features a rare jade inlaid.