On Saturday morning, Sarah Zelenka and I lined up against some of the world’s best for our heat in the pair. We raced Romania, Argentina, Germany, and Great Britain. Sarah and I had a solid performance, and finished second behind GB’s Helen Glover and Heather Stanning, which shot us directly to the final (we get to avoid the last chance round) and a chance to race for Gold. I think Sarah and I did a really great job of approaching the race in a level-headed manner…we were just excited and ready to have a good time. If you watch the coverage of us at the start, you can actually catch us chatting and laughing at each other a bit. I know I’ve said this before, but it is really hard to NOT have a good time when we are in the boat together!
We have a few days off from racing before the final on Wednesday at 11:50am (6:50am EST). We’re using this time to prepare for a very fast, very different final, when we know all the big guns will come out and really show their stuff. I can’t wait to see what we’ve got.
For those of you that are looking for a better way to follow all of our racing and the media that comes along with it, make sure you check out Row2k’s Olympic Coverage. This is the premier rowing news website, and they are doing an amazing job covering the games. Check out their albums for pictures of Sarah and I, and articles summarizing our racing.
Also, make sure to follow my twitter page @SaraHendershot, because this is where I am doing all of my quick updates on things I’m seeing around the rowing course and how things are going with us. Thanks again for all of the support! I love reading all of your messages and emails — they mean so much to me!