Helen Glover: British Olympic champion hopes for place in Paris 2024 staff

Helen Glover and Heather Stanning with their gold medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics
Glover (proper) and Heather Stanning (left) went 55 races unbeaten within the ladies’s pairs

Twice Olympic rowing champion Helen Glover believes she may be pretty much as good as in her 20s as she goals for Paris 2024.

Glover is focusing on a fourth Video games, having come out of retirement to race at Tokyo 2020 following the beginning of her three kids.

“The purpose for London 2012 and Rio 2016 was to win, however for Tokyo it was to simply make the staff and present what ladies can do,” Glover, 36, advised BBC Sport.

She added that her motivation for Paris “is a combination of the 2”.

“I can and I wish to take advantage of what my physique can do,” she mentioned.

Glover grew to become the primary mom to row for Nice Britain on the Olympics when she raced alongside Polly Swann within the ladies’s pairs in Tokyo, with the duo ending fourth.

“There is a stigma round age, kids and having a break. I imagine I may be pretty much as good as I used to be in my 20s,” she mentioned.

Glover has been coaching with the British squad for the previous six months and gained the Ladies’s Single within the November trials.

“If I did not have the children then I would not be as motivated. Being a mum makes me a greater rower, and being a rower makes me a greater mum!”

‘They’re cheering and shouting ‘go Mummy’!’

Glover praised her “supportive” husband, wildlife TV presenter Steve Backshall, for “relishing dad duties” whereas she trains.

When she competed on the postponed Tokyo Video games in 2021 her twins had been one and her son was three. If she is chosen for Paris subsequent yr, they may perceive higher their mum’s achievement.

“Logan is choosing up on issues and takes satisfaction in me doing it [pushing for another Olympics],” Glover mentioned.

“The twins are the largest cheerleaders – they’re there cheering and shouting ‘go Mummy!’

“It is actually weird as a result of earlier than I had them, I used to be a full-time athlete and that was my id however now it is the other.

“It is like I stay a double life as a result of they’re going to all the time be an important factor to me now.”