Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Slow-motion Stroke Analysis: Xeno Müller breaks down the Lightweight Men's Four in London



The above video, which is the third in a recent series by Olympic gold and silver medalist Xeno Müller, provides a 15-minute tech talk looking at some of the most technically sound, efficient athletes on the international rowing circuit.

The final of the lightweight men's four in London was, as expected, one of the most dramatic races of the regatta, and featured a bonafide rowing legend, Eskild Ebbesen (a five-time Olympic medalist, with three golds and two bronze-medal finishes), in the stroke seat of the Danish crew. Joining the Danes in the final were the 2011 World Champions from Australia, an excellent GB crew, a surprising Swiss crew, South Africa (now legends in their own right), and The Netherlands. We all know how it played out–the comeback victory for South Africa finished off what was an epic battle, marking the first-ever Olympic rowing gold medal for RSA. In light of their accomplishment, FISA honored the crew as its Male Crew of the Year, and recently published an article, "Making History – the South African lightweight men's four," on their performance at Eton Dorney.

For more on Xeno's stroke analyses, including his looks at the Men's Pair and Men's Eight events in London, visit his website at www.xenocoach.com.

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