Sunny San Diego

17.01.2012 BY: National Rowing Foundation

It’s finally here! 2012 means for us, first and foremost, the year of the London Olympic Games. The Opening Ceremonies are less than 200 days away, nearing closer and closer. The women’s team is currently training at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA and we are loving it! The weather is perfect, the lake is beautiful and we are all looking less and less pale each day (I hope!). The facilities here are quite incredible, all the physical therapy we could wish for is right next door, limitless meals are provided for, and we are all able to stay on site for the full length of the training camp. So, ┬ádefinitely nothing to complain about! Except perhaps a lack of transportation, but many of the women have chosen to rent cars while we’re here.

Last week all the rowers here were required to participate in the USOC’s Olympic Ambassador Program. The highlight was definitely having the opportunity to meet some incredible Olympians. Bob Kaehler (the rowing world definitely recognizes his name), Dan O’Brien (Olympic Gold Medalist in the Decathlon) and Connie Paraskevin (five-time Olympian in cycling and speed skating) were the appointed ambassadors who led the program and did a great job. Hearing about their athletic careers and accounts of what the Olympic Games are like was really cool, especially for those of us who haven’t been.

Training is going well, we’re working hard and looking forward to racing at NSRs in mid-March.

Until next time, thanks for all your support of the NRF!