We've been following some of the developments as Twitter gains traction in the rowing world.
Learning more about the top end of the sport by reading what international athletes are writing can give great insight into their training regimes. It can also tell you about their 'normal' life activities which is interesting because it's the stuff that never gets written up in print magazines.
Our favourite tweet so far from the international cropcomes from Alan Campbell and it's a corker!
Tomorrow Rowing Manufacturers and Suppliers on Twitter
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Adam Kreek, in the Canadian mens 8 , had his race postponed from Sunday to yesterday. He writes about the event and the aftermath.
Today is a very special day. It is race day. Shortly after waking up this morning, I could feel the mini-nuclear reactor in my stomach starting to fire up, getting ready to turn the turbines. I run into my teammates in the hotel room hallway and I can sense that they are feeling the same thing. Again.
Yesterday, when we were halfway through our warmup, an official drove up to us in his wakeless umpire launch.“Eights go dock,” he shouted in a broken, eastern-European accent over his megaphone. The command was very confusing at first, because our minds were set firmly in the paradigm of race preparation. It took about a minute, but we realized that a lightning storm was causing the regatta delay.
Jason is blogging on China Journal hosted by WSJ.
This afternoon marks the first day of racing for small boats singles, pairs, and fours. American medal hopeful Michelle Guerette just raced and came in an impressive second in her heat in the women’s single. Our men’s pair, the Winklevoss twins, will descend on the lake and be as symmetric as ever in their battle to advance to the medal final next Saturday. They are identical twins in every sense. One blinks, the other blinks. They drive the same car, like the same food, and share the same dance moves. For months guys on the team couldn’t figure out who was who. The men’s four heat’s gonna be a barn burner. Racing will be more physically taxing than usual because of the relentless heat.
Adam Is blogging on CBC – he also missed the opening ceremony last night.
I’m watching the opening ceremony on TV
The opening ceremony is a quintessential part of the Olympic Games. Performances are incredibly artistic and entertaining, and the different countries’ outfits are fun to comment on. I am sure the energy of the crowd in the Bird’s Nest stadium in Beijing will be larger than the explosive fireworks in the sky – especially when the Chinese walk into the arena.
What is it like to be part of this grand show? How does it feel to be the subject of the crowd’s cheers? Unfortunately, I will never know, because my first race is on Aug. 10.
There are some 10,500 athletes competing at these Games and it takes an incredible amount of herding and organizing to make sure everyone walks in at their allotted time.