During last two days we have been training in the little space left by the rowing Olympic competition. The trainings were done both days in the regata course and in the returning canal. The training place for sprint canoeing was limited and not enough either in hours of rowing competition or later. Anyway, everything has been as planned in terms of training in this last phase of the tapering cycle. The Olympics organizing committee has arranged an alternative place to the main area in Eton-Dorney with several tents, where paddlers have dressing rooms, dining room, lounge area with TV screens to follow the Olympics, toilets and so on. The Olympic Sprint Canoeing family have been working last days in this area. Sunday morning, once the rowing competition is finished, the sprint canoeing teams are going to go to the “noble area” at Eton-Dorney Olympic venue.
Yesterday we passed the boat control. Competition rules during the Olympics are pretty strict about the size and number of stickers from the boat and paddles builders. In our case, the technical service of BRACSA and NELO have been the responsible for tuning the material before facing the officials. When we approached the runway at the finish line area, while celebrating the rowing finals, we discovered an awesome atmosphere, really impressive, in the stands. It is true that the British knew that they had many medal options in the rowing competition. In addition, rowing is very popular and renowned in the UK. That said, neither, in the most optimistic previsions, could imagine that would reach nine medals at the end of the rowing competition.
Olivier and Laurens are very concentrated in their objective, while enjoying the Olympic experience so much deserverd for them. The long hours resting between the last training sessions in the tapering cycle, pass with long conversations at the dinner table, with coaches and athletes from other teams joining us sometimes, walking in the Olympic Village, following on TV, in the living room of our apartment, the rest of the Olympic competitions, attending through the social networks to their friends and cheering through the same channel their Belgian Olympic Team mates.
Sunday morning, Olivier and Laurens will do the last training session in K-2 before starting to compete on Monday morning with the K-2 1.000m heat and semifinal.
“We keep in touch guys”
Eton – Dorney, august the 4th, 2012