I'm surprised at Row2k (shame on you guys) for disrespecting the Trials athletes, and I am *embarrassed* that anyone who claims to be a Husky would behave this way. This is just not how it's done at Washington, no matter how fast you are.
I'm sorry you see it this way. I don't think is disrespectful to ask and talk. Polls are there to make people talk and give an opinion. Row2k is helping us. Disrespectful is not fairplay and not doing your best when you go down the course. The girls will race and do their best. I'm sorry you feel this way. Huskies or americans citizens we are all working to improve rowing and not seating around complaining all the time. Let'a have the course talk Megan. Good luck to you in New Zealand.
Regards, Carlos Dinares
The other aspect is that it's always best to train with a positive, motivated group. By racing the quad, you give a reward to the scullers who are there in the group, and a larger training/racing pool. I believe the tripling will hurt performance this year in the 2x, but there is still ample opportunity for 2X next two years.
How many times have we seen US crews gold medal in the worlds and fall back at Olys? Olys is the money.
If 2X medals, quad medals, and Ursula makes 1X final, that would be a wonderful result.
anything better is gravy.
Make sure she gets a good month away from rowing post NZ.
I think the poll idea is strange, but the Sammamish camp has to raise money. THAT I understand.
Good luck to you, I admire your effort and discipline Sul
Any coach would have thought of the schedule then the well being (health) of his athletes first.
He needs guidance. It is too bad he asked for it here for all his peers to see. Ursula and the rest of those young girls need better guidance before someone gets hurt.
One medal in the double and one in the quad would be enough.
I do wonder if all of the Carlos crew want to be at trials and just maybe wish that they were just focused on one event and ready to fight the best LW2X in the world at a time when ALL the opposition are peaking and at the top of their game?
The big problem here is that including the coach they are Olympic Class World Champ novices. US Rowing really needs to influence this situation.
She seriously needs to focus on going fast in one event. Show her domination and ability to race internationally in one event and then if she is as good as everyone thinks...then all the power to her.
The goal needs to be to win the Worlds...not participate in a bunch of events...this isn't US Nationals people. It is teh World Championships. If she goes and races in three events and does not at least make the finals in them...she, and all of USRowing are going to look foolish.
In my eyes, the biggest problem is the logistics of juggling practices leading up to the World Championships for three different events. Basically you will be saying that she will be able to compete successfully at the international level in all three of these events with 1/3 the practice time in each of the crews.
Think about it, when she is practing in the 1x, what happens to the other people in the 2x and 4x, and when she is in the 2x, she is sacrificing time in the 1x, and again the 4x is not practicing in their lineup, etc... Meanwhile other countries will be spending 100% of thier time focusing on the 1x, 2x and 4x....
No offense, but I think it is a pretty silly and slightly arrogant idea. She may be good, but she has very little proven international experience. Why not try and win a few world championships or Olympic medals before doing something no one has ever done before.
If you do not do the three events than everything you have blogged about in the last 2 months would be a sham. Would you rename the 3medalchallenge blog?