A blog from the Olympics by a rower competing.

Megan Kalmoe

We will be racing in the Final on Wednesday for a shot at an Olympic Medal.

But let’s back up a bit: racing at the Olympics is more than just racing for a medal.  Just like every other year–there’s a process to medaling, and before you can even think of standing on the podium, or even lining up for the Final, you have to take the necessary steps to earn a place in that Final.

Heat: we drew our friends, the Germans, for our heat on the opening day of racing.  We have raced the Germans a lot over the past two years and they are always fast, so it was great news to us to have them for our Olympic debut.  Along with Poland and China, we were prepared to have a very tough, very close first race down the course at Dorney on Saturday.  That is what we…

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