Helen Glover brought a bit of Cornish weather — moist and breezy — with her when she arrived Friday morning at a rowing course that’s nothing like the Eton lake where she collected a golden keepsake last summer. Unlike the River Charles, which is named after an English king, there are no curves and no bridges at Olympus, and only one other seatmate in her shell.
Heather Stanning, the other half of Great Britain’s most famous rowing duet, is getting ready to go to Afghanistan for a six-month tour of duty with her other teammates, the ones who wear camo. So Glover is at loose ends this autumn, on the four-year road to Rio de Janeiro but without a chart. “I have no idea,” she said. “I’m just going to go with the flow this year.”