Elle Logan of Boothbay Harbor will attempt to help the U.S. rowing women’s eight team extend its dynastic run when competition in that event begins Monday morning at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The 28-year-old Logan is the elder stateswoman of a 2016 U.S. Olympic squad that has won 10 consecutive world titles (world championships and Olympic gold medals) since 2006.

Logan also has the chance to make some individual history and become the first American woman to win three Olympic gold medals in rowing after she helped Team USA win the women’s eight at the Beijing Games in 2008 and at London in 2012.

But her veteran status in the sport doesn’t diminish her anticipation for the week ahead.

“This is my third Olympics and it is interesting how it feels similar to my first in that I feel almost giddy and in awe that I am a part of this team,” Logan told row2K.com this week. “I would say, however, I am more aware of the fact that the Olympics is simply just an amazing opportunity we have created for ourselves and it’s up to us what we do with it. To me that is exciting.”

After Monday’s first-round competition, the event continues with repechage (second-chance) heats Wednesday and the finals Saturday.

If the United States emerges victorious, it will join Romania (1996, 2000, 2004) as the only countries to win gold in the women’s eight competition at three straight Olympics.

Logan, a 2011 Stanford University graduate, is one of two returning rowers from the London

Games for the United States along with Meghan Musnicki. They are joined by Amanda Elmore, Tessa Gobbo, Emily Reagan, Lauren Schmetterling, Amanda Polk, Kerry Simmonds and coxswain Katelin Snyder.

That group was selected by head coach Tom Terhaar after a 12-week selection camp that began in late March.

Members of this year’s U.S. Olympic women’s eight crew have won a total of 28 world championship gold medals.

The U.S. team qualified for the 2016 Olympics at the 2015 World Rowing Championships, where it won gold and a 10th straight world title. The last time the U.S. women’s eight failed to win Olympic or world championship gold was its fourth-place finish in the 2005 world championships.

“We’re just trying to take in the moment,” Logan told si.com. We can only control what we do.”

Logan, who began rowing in 2003 while a student at Brooks School in North Andover, Massachussetts, told row2K.com she took a different approach to her preparation for the Rio Games than she did for her gold-medal efforts in Beijing and London.

“After two Olympics in the eight I wanted to spend some time learning about myself as a rower and I thought the best way to do it was by doing something completely different,” said Logan, whose 6-month-old dog Bartelby has become the 2016 U.S. boat’s unofficial mascot.

“I spent a good chunk of time rowing in the single and it was an eye-opening/grueling experience but I believe it helped me grow as a rower. When I went back to the training center I was able to incorporate the things I learned into the training and I also was able to take nothing for granted and realized how lucky I was to be a part of the training group.”

This may be Logan’s last Olympic Games, but she said her efforts in Rio will be bolstered by all the work she has put in during the past decade.

“Just having years of experience, I think, makes you wiser in that you’ve seen things you thought weren’t possible, less naive,” she told row2K.com. “And physically I feel I am just starting to hit my prime.”

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Ernie Clark

Ernie Clark is a veteran sportswriter who has worked with the Bangor Daily News for more than a decade. A four-time Maine Sportswriter of the Year as selected by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters...