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Esther Lofgren
Esther Lofgren is a four-time world champion and 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist in rowing. She holds a degree in Economics from Harvard University and works in marketing and communications in Alexandria, Virginia. She began rowing in 1998 in her hometown of Newport Beach, California. Esther joined Athlete Ally as an Olympic Ambassador in December and also works with the Women’s Sports Foundation and Athletes Without Limits. Esther is a proud environmentalist, and serves as the athlete representative for rowing to the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Entries by Esther Lofgren

8 Power Foods for Athletes and Rowers

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 11:47 AM

Whether you're training for your very first rowing race or the Olympic Games, choosing great nutrition is one of the biggest ways to up your game. It's not always easy or convenient to have good foods available or incorporated into every meal and snack, but I pulled together eight of...

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Lean In and Speak Out

(1) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 4:52 PM

As an American rower, Olympic gold medalist, and advocate for LGBT equality, I am a passionate believer in sport as a platform for inclusion. This strong belief was shaped by my journey from awkward adolescence, to athlete, to Ally. It is easy to recall a time in my life when...

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HOCR: For the Love of the Charles

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2013 | 2:30 PM


If all of American rowing has a Homecoming weekend, it's Head of the Charles here in Boston, Mass., and it's glorious. Every year I wonder if it's just something I'm nostalgic about, but day one is done, and no, it's just as wonderful as...

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Getting Back on the Horse

(1) Comments | Posted July 24, 2013 | 12:10 PM

One of the hardest things about our sport is the "we would have" stories. You know -- that season that the team was doing so well, and then that one guy fell down the stairs and broke his leg and you didn't even make the final. Or the race where...

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What Happens at the Olympics...

(3) Comments | Posted October 1, 2012 | 3:58 PM

...doesn't stay at the Olympics, it's going up on this blog!

Just out of...
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The Race of My Life!

(1) Comments | Posted August 31, 2012 | 4:14 PM


Photo: row2k.

What do you say about the race where you won Olympic gold? It was the best race of my career, and we were lucky enough to have that on exactly the right day. I am so thankful I got to...

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On Thursday I Will Row for Gold

(61) Comments | Posted August 1, 2012 | 5:33 PM

Editor's Note: This post was written before Esther Lofgren and her teammates won a gold medal in Thursday's final.

First off -- thank you for the tremendous support! We had our first race Sunday and the outpouring of good luck and go get 'ems that you sent...

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Team USA Rowing at Dorney Lake

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2012 | 6:43 PM

The race course, looking fast and almost ready!

Wow... the past five...

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My First 24 Hours in London: Ralph Lauren, the Rowing Village and a Letter

(11) Comments | Posted July 18, 2012 | 5:36 PM

Me and my rowing blankie! Home for the next two weeks...

Wow. The past 24 hours have already been...
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...And We're Off!

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2012 | 11:36 AM


The last two weeks have been a whirlwind of training, media, and packing! We are finally heading out today to London, and I can't wait to get there, train, and finally, finally RACE!

  We have a bit of a...

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The Row to London!

(1) Comments | Posted July 3, 2012 | 4:36 PM

My roommate Natalie Dell and I with awesome door decor from our teammate Sara Hendershot on the naming date!

We're now just 27 days away from our first race in London! After a few days of media tagging along to practices...

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I Will Be Representing the United States at the 2012 London Olympics!

(7) Comments | Posted June 28, 2012 | 6:27 PM

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I wouldn't have been able to do it without the support of my friends and family, and from the people who read this blog. Thank you all for encouraging me to follow my dreams. It has been a long seven years working...

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