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Rising stars – Sverri Nielsen

This newsletter is an updated version of the newsletter published in August 2019

After a fabulous 2019 season with two stunning victories in the men’s single scull at the latest World Cups and finishing the season with an incredible silver medal in one of the most exciting finals at The World Championships, we are extremely excited to see what Sverri Nielsen is capable of at Tokyo 2020. 

Sverri Nielsen, born on the Faroe Islands, came to Denmark in the beginning of the 2010’ies with one purpose: He wanted to qualify for the Olympics. In the early stage of his career, Sverri showed great physical performance, impressive erg scores and the highest VO2 max ever measured in Denmark. 

Though, the results abstained from going Sverri’s way, and in 2016 he just missed out, only few hundreds of a second, of the crucial qualification spot for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

In May 2018, things started to change for Sverri with Thomas Poulsen rejoining the Danish national team as coach for Sverri Nielsen. Together, the duo has worked hard on cracking the code of applying the tremendous power to boat speed. This has been the plan, since Valerie Kleshnev due to his biomechanical measurements concluded to Sverri, that “you only create pain”, without creating significant boat speed. No doubt that Sverri would be Mike Tety’s wet dream. 

Despite, the partnership is still at an early stage, the duo has showed great performance with winning the two latest World Cups, in Poznan and Rotterdam respectively.

So what is the reason why Sverri all a sudden shows great boat speed? In CitiusRemex’ opinion, Sverri shows a much more energy efficient rowing style letting the boat run in the recovery phase. It is obvious to see that Thomas Poulsen has improved the way Sverri sits in the boat. 

At CitiusRemex, we are of course insanely proud of the fact that Sverri is a loyal and satisfied user of the ProW seat and has been that since launching the ProW in 2015. Especially taking into consideration that Sverri has had back problems during the last two World Cups.

After the World Championships, we spoke to the Sverri, who was extremely proud putting the Faroe Islands on the landscape in rowing. Still, Sverri is also succinct and looking forward to a hard winter season where a lot of miles will be done on Lake Bagsværd.

Coming up events for Sverri Nielsen

19-20 October 2019: Head of the Charles   

18 January 2020: Danish Indoor National Championships

Facts about Sverri’s use of ProW

Sverri started to use the ProW seat in 2015, where the product was launched, he still uses the seat today.

Sverri applies the ProW on the erg and in the boat. When we asked him to comment on this article, he explicitly told us that “I recommend the seat to everyone who has trouble sitting on traditional seats in the boat or in the erg. Without the seat, it would be much more difficult for me to achieve great results in both disciplines.

He started to use the ProW because he struggled with soreness and bruises around the sitting bones due to bad rowing seats.

Though, the ProW makes him sit a bit higher, we were not able to find something which he does not like about the seat.

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