The Olympic sailors use the wind to move their boats, but Boothbay Harbor's own Elle Logan uses her muscle. United States (Erin Cafaro, Lindsay Shoop, Anna Goodale, Elle Logan, Anne Cummins, Susan Francia, Caroline Lind, Caryn Davies, Mary Whipple) claimed gold with a time of 6:05.34 in Women's Eight at Shunyi Rowing-Canoeing Park in Beijing on Sunday, August 17.
The U.S. Olympic women's eight sliced through the 2,000-meter course with precision, winning its preliminary heat in 6 minutes, 6.53 seconds. This allowed them to qualify for the finals along with Romania, winner of the second heat.
Elle, a first time Olympian and 6'2" Stanford undergraduate has won many national and international awards. Representing Maine and the USA along with Elle is Anna Goodale from Portland.
In a rowing shell, the first seat down the river is number one. Elle and Anna are seated in seats between three and six which are called "the engine room" so as you can imagine, Anna and Elle are very strong.
Watch the US Team in action.