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Esther Lofgren: USA Olympic Medal Hopeful

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Esther Lofgren has been selected to compete in rowing at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. Read all about her past accomplishments, training preferences, favorites and more in this article. Then, get ready to watch her amazing performances later this month in London.

Athlete: Esther Lofgren

Sport: Women's Rowing - Eight Boat

Age: 27

Height: 6'2"

Hometown: Newport Beach, Calif.

Began Rowing: Newport Aquatic Center, 1998

Undergraduate Education: Harvard University, Economics, 2009

Favorites: Blogging, Running, Reading, Cycling, and Baking

Twitter: https://twitter.com/EstherLofgren

Esther and her rowing: Introduced to the sport of rowing in 1998 in Newport Beach, CA, Lofgren has quickly earned accolades in many events. She continued rowing at Harvard University, and won two World Championships in the under-23 and senior teams. After numerous years of training, she has had a highly acclaimed national and international rowing career.

After graduating from college, Lofgren decided to purse rowing full-time and that definitely worked out. Throughout the years, she has earned gold and silver in everything from the Remenham Challenge Cup to the Rowing World Cups to the Essen Regatta to the US Rowing National Championships.

During the 2012 World Rowing Championships her boat set a new world record time of 5:54:17, earning her team the gold medal. She also helped the US bring gold last year. She has not only been a strong competitor in the eight boats, but also winning third at the National Selection Regattas in the pair's competition.

Esther's Olympic Thoughts: On her blog, Harder. Better. Faster. Stronger., Lofgren shares information about herself growing up and also inspirational glances into the world on an elite rower. As she gracefully puts it on her blog, "It's a privilege to have this job, and I try to get a little bit better every day. I love being surrounded by some of the most competitive and inspiring individuals I've ever met, and it pushes me to become the best rower, athlete, and person I can be". It is clear based on her daily tweets; Lofgren is more than looking forward to the opportunity to win gold at the 2012 Olympics.

Personal: As a 13-year old beginner with the nickname "Chicken Legs", Lofgren has come incredibly far. She has said that her most memorable athletic achievement was winning the eight at the 2010 Rowing World Cup in Lucerne. It is not hard to see that rowing is in her blood, both parents, Karl and Christine Lofgren, were also elite US rowers. When her rowing career is finished, Lofgren hopes to work internationally in economic development and microfinance. She would also like to run a sub-three hour marathon and complete an Ironman triathlon!

On her website, Lofgren remarks, "I hope that by sharing some of these moments on this blog, you will find similar inspiration and joy in this sport." We will be watching for that moment when the US rows for the gold, but we can say, with certainty, that you have already inspired us all!

Stated in my article, "2012 Summer Olympics Rowing Guide," the Eton Dorney Rowing Centre, located outside of Buckinghamshire, London, will be where the eight team and all other USA boats will be bidding for their first place finish in 2012. Good luck Team USA!

Ashley Hodge was a member on the University of Minnesota: Twin Cities Women's Rowing Team. After three months on the freshman team, she participated the next three years on the varsity team. For the majority of her rowing career, Ashley sat in seat seven, behind the stroke. She is anxiously awaiting the Olympics in London and hope that you find time to enjoy them as well.

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