Glover surprised by success
Olympic champion Helen Glover has admitted the immediate success of her new partnership with Polly Swann has come as a welcome surprise.
Glover and Swann have gone unbeaten through three World Cup regattas this season having teamed up in the wake of the 2012 Olympics, after Glover's gold medal-winning team-mate Heather Stanning opted to return to active service with the army.
Having achieved so much in tandem with Stanning - the pair also clinched world silver medals in 2010 and 2011 - Glover was under no illusions about the size of the task facing her as she sought to establish a new partnership with Swann ahead of the World Rowing Championships in South Korea next week.
Glover said: "If I expected Polly to start rowing like Heather that would never happen. I have to be patient because Heather and I developed over a few years - that is why I didn't think Polly and I would be winning things so quickly.
"When you come together with a new partner you can be the best in the world but if your partner is doing something different then you won't go fast - so part of it is making sure we gel technically and mentally.
"Heather and I grew together. We were novices so we developed personalities together. I know myself a bit better and am more set in my ways so there is less growing to be done together with Polly. It is about learning to work together."
Glover is one of a new-look 58-strong Great Britain team heading to the competition in humid Gungju which begins on Sunday, but she is not the only London gold medallist trying to adapt to a new challenge.
Among the wholesale squad changes are the break-up of the gold medal-winning men's coxless fours in order to bring a men's eight closer into contention, with Andrew Triggs Hodge featuring in the ambitious bid to dethrone Olympic and world champions Germany.
Like Triggs Hodge, Glover, who had the honour with Stanning of being crowned Great Britain's first gold medallists of the 2012 Olympics, is relishing the new challenge, and knows she can ill afford to bask in the adulation afforded her in the wake of last year's triumph.
Glover added: "The 2012 standard is something that needs to be improved upon. If the women's pair is going to win in Rio, whoever is in it, it has to be better than it was in 2012 because the whole world will get better.
"So whoever is in the boat has to make it their own. I have the confidence of winning an Olympic final. I feel like I know how a boat should be rowed and as long as the person I am rowing with is willing to accept that knowledge, while trying to make the boat their own, that is the fine line."