Now the Olympic Rowing Regatta begins on day 2 – the morning after the Opening Ceremony – and be completed on the Saturday.
Rowing used to begin on Sunday – day 3 of the Olympics – and the regatta finished on Sunday with Canoe Kayak beginning the next day.
This gives the venue a day to convert from rowing to canoe/kayak, but also it gives FISA a chance to find best conditions.
I would suppose that as far as FISA and their Fairness Committee are concerned – this week is a nightmare.
Athletes have been trying to peak perfectly for a moment in time for years, friends families and fans have spent a lot of money are trying to make sure they’ve the right ticket on the right day, TV networks are trying to juggle how to show everyone everything and FISA needs to figure out how to keep racing fair.(I’ve heard that on-line ticket systems are not co operating well with ticket exchanges.
I can only imagine the exhaustion and stress that loved-ones are going through as they pass the “off” days trying to change their tickets (regatta and sometimes airline tickets and hotel bookings too) to the right one.
The two sports share a venue; Rowing is always week one and Canoe/Kayak is week two.
I’ll never forget watching the Canadian Flag Bearer, Caroline Brunet, and gold-medal favourite – be forced to race her K1-500m final in conditions that seemed to fit the white-water paddlers far more than the sprint/flat water paddlers.
I believe FISA, the international rowing federation, took a long look at that situation and made a decision to give rowing some flexibility if that were to happen in (their) week one.Rowers have joked in the past that God must be a rower.More often than not, Olympic Rowing conditions have been consistently excellent.There have been short delays here or there but it’s been a long time since an Olympic regatta has been so wind effected.I know that FISA study weather patterns – daily and long range – and I wouldn’t be surprised if they have found themselves between a rock and hard place.