Chelsea Smith is an elite rower training in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Her goal is to represent the United States of America in the lightweight women’s double at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England.
Smith competes as a lightweight rower. Thus, for the women’s lightweight double the two athletes’ must average 57 kg (125.6 pounds) two hours before the race. The athletes are not allowed to compete if the two athletes are over this average. Precision and accuracy is one of the most important parts of preparing for international racing. In preparing for international competition Smith uses the Escali Cesto nutritional food scale to measure out food used in preparation and calculate exact calories. Another important feature of the Cesto food scale is the nutrition information, allowing Smith the knowledge to adequately consume the right amount of protein, carbs and fat used to compete. The aspect of the Cesto food scale that measures sodium is also vital in preparation thus Smith is able to have the right amount of sodium, and not an excess, which would create weight gain.
Furthermore the Escali USHM180G Health Monitoring bath scale allows Smith to know precisely how much she weighs in preparation for competition. On the day of the race the 5′ 6.5″ Smith must weigh precisely 122.0 pounds. The USHM180G scale allows Smith great accuracy in preparing her weight in the days leading up to competition and the day of. Furthermore in her training Smith is able to see what sort of weight she is gaining or losing by the body fat calculation of the scale. This feature allows her to tailor her food; she weighs and calculated on the Cesto scale, for optimal body fat and muscle retention. Both of these scales are used on a daily basis at the Smith household and have been crucial in her training for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Smith is a Minnesota native, hailing from the city of Edina. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa with a degree in Biochemistry in 2010. She was a varsity letterman all four years in rowing and captain her senior year. Smith is the first rower in Drake History to receive the Howlett award, one of the most prestigious athletic awards given to the Student Athlete of the year. Smith received the award following her junior year in 2008-2009. Upon graduation Smith moved to Oklahoma City to continue her education and pursue the national team. Chelsea Smith is in her second year with the University of Central Oklahoma as a Graduate Assistant Coach. Academically, Smith is working on her Masters Degree in exercise science. Smith hopes to become a college rowing coach in the future.
In her national team pursuit, smith came to Oklahoma City with no national team experience, narrowly missing the Under 23 national team in 2009 and 2010. This past year Smith made her national and senior team debut and represented the United States of America at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. Smith and her partner Michelle Sechser won the bronze medal in the lightweight women’s sculls edged out by 2008 Olympians Mexico and Cuba by 2 seconds. Along with Megan Walsh and Catherine Reddick, Sechser and Smith brought home another bronze medal in the heavy weight women’s quadruple sculls with a come from behind victory. Currently Smith is training to compete at the 2012 Olympic Games. Smith and her partner Sechser aim to win the Olympic Trials in April 2012.