Friday, December 17, 2010

Hello from Chula Vista!

Hello, world!

I've revived this blog, which I've kept on and off since 2007, in the hopes of 1) more regularly publishing content and 2) not needing to start a new blog for each USRowing-linked event! This year's two blogs can be found at the following links:

2010 Lucerne World Cup
http://usrowinglucerne.blogspot.com

2010 World Rowing Championships
http://usrowing2010nz.blogspot.com

We're coming into the final few days of our week-long camp at ARCO Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA (near San Diego). The camp has been great so far--nice weather and good conditions have allowed us to get in a bunch of training. I'll try to post more pictures before we head out on Sunday, but for now, enjoy a brief panorama of the weight room/cross-training tent. It's really neat to get to work out here in part because we get to train alongside athletes from other sports. This morning, I was in there with athletes from track and field, weightlifting, boxing, and BMX. Cool!!!



That's all for now from San Diego...

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

NYT article: HS sports make women better at life

First, this is the article I'm referencing:

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/02/15/as-girls-become-women-sports-pay-dividends/?em

Sports had a huge impact on me. Even when I was sure I was not going to pursue volleyball, basketball, or even rowing at a college level, being a part of a team sport and learning to push myself when I sucked at something made me part of who I am today. (And yes, just got to revisit that when we were up at Lake Placid, and I had to skate-ski for two or three hours every day while being painfully bad at it.) I don't know if this was true for other women, but sports helped me feel like my height and strength could be positives, when otherwise my middle-school self felt awkward about towering over my classmates and insecure about my looks. Learning how to work with teammates to win a game, learning the discipline of practicing a skill until you know how to do it well--I don't know how many hours I spent in our back yard, serving the volleyball at a chalk "X" on the wall--and how to be "coachable"...all very important things that come up on a daily basis, whether or not you're an athlete today.

As Dr. Betsey Stevenson says in the article: “It’s not just that the people who are going to do well in life play sports, but that sports help people do better in life...While I only show this for girls, it’s reasonable to believe it’s true for boys as well.”
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