We're now just 27 days away from our first race in London! After a few days of media tagging along to practices last week, we're back to normal, training and getting ready to race here in Princeton.
USRowing and the National Rowing Foundation have teamed up for the Row to London, a fundraising competition to cover the costs of travel, housing, and equipment for the 52 athletes racing at the Olympics and Paralympics, plus our alternates, coaches, and support staff! You can learn more about the Row to London project here.
We've also been reaching out to the incredibly supportive Princeton community. It's been awesome to meet so many great people who are excited about the Olympics and excited to support us! We hosted the inaugural Go for the Gold 5K last weekend and it was awesome to meet so many rowers, runners, and Olympic enthusiasts! We also got to meet the women's Under 23 8+. That was the first national team boat I raced in, and it was great to meet some of the women I'm sure will be heading to Rio in four years!
My teammate Susan Francia and her family hosted an awesome Olympic sendoff bbq this weekend. The highlight (besides the tour of the Francia home, getting to see some great awkward prom photos and the homemade Hungarian goulash!) was this amazing cake Susan made of our eight! Yes, it's seven feet long; yes, the Barbies are wearing unisuits; yes, that's an Empacher; and yes, Mary is Skipper!
For now, it's back to training and getting ready for the big show in just a few weeks! Thanks for your support and GO USA!!!
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