RUDERWELTCUP – ROTSEE -MAI 2016
I returned home from Switzerland two weeks ago having watched and photographed the last chance rowing Olympic qualifier and the second world cup of the season the following weekend. I was almost dreading the task of trimming down the 23,498 photos I took over the eight day span to a more manageable and viewable 15. I shot for 10 hours a day most of the time with a 600mm and a wider lens. I lost 10 pounds from start to finish walking 120.43km in the process. Compare that to the 480 meters I walked today editing the photos is kind of sad.
Below are the picture that illustrate best the stories that I saw and once upon a time experienced myself. The Winning, the losing, the nerves and the relief are all part of what makes sports special and what makes you in the moment question why you are there but looking back makes you glad you were.
Tim Brys (left) and Niels Van Zandweghe of Belgium celebrate as they finish first in the Men’s lightweight double sculls at the final Olympic qualification regatta in Lucerne Switzerland on May 24th, 2016. Despite winning the race due to an FISA qualification rule it is unclear whether or not Brys and Van Zandweghe will be awarded the spot for Rio or if it will be given to Denmark. Brys said ” We won the race. But we crossed the finish line with really mixed feelings.”
John Smith of the South African lightweight mens double sculls does up his oarlock while his partner James Thompson holds onto the dock during a training session in Lucerne, Switzerland on Tuesday May 24, 2016. The South Africans would finish in third place behind France and Norway in the final of the second Rowing World Cup of the season. Smith’s veins are more prominent due to a lowering of his subcutaneous fat as well as a protein called vascular endothelial growth factor that triggers new vein growth to accommodate for the increased demand of oxygen by Smith’s larger muscles.
Women’s pairs (left to right) Karien Robbers and Aletta Jorritsma of the Netherlands, Carmela Pappalardo and Ludovica Serafini of Italy, Kerstin Hartman and Kathrin Marchand of Germany, Helen Glover and Heather Stanning of Great Britain and Hedvig Rasmussen and Anne Andersen of Denmark leave the starting gates in the first heat of the Women’s pair at the Lucerne World Cup on May 27th, 2016. Glover and Stanning won the heat which was no surprise as they are the current world record holders in the event. Denmark Hedvig Rasmussen Anne Andersen Great Britain Helen Glover Stanning Heather Germany Kerstin Hartman Kathrin Marchand Italy Carmela Pappalardo Ludovica Serafini Netherlands Karien Robbers Aletta Jorritsma Glover and Stanning hold the World record in the event wit a time of 6:50.61
Julien Bahain and Rob Gibson of Canada embrace on the dock after placing second behind Russia at the last chance Olympic qualification regatta in Lucerne Switzerland on May 24th, 2016. Only the top two crews from the six boat final qualified for Rio.
Members of the Canadian Women’s Eight Lisa Roman, Cristy Nurse, Natalie Mastracci, Susanne Grainger, Christine Roper, Ashley Brzozowicz, Lauren Wilkinson, Antje Vonseydlitz-Kurzbach and coxswain Lesley Thompson-Willie leave the dock in Lucerne, Switzerland prior to the second rowing world cup of the season on May 26th, 2016.
The United States Women’s eight made up of crew members Felice Mueller, Emily Regan, Meghan Musnicki, Grace Luczak, Lauren Schmetterling, Eleanor Logan, Amanda Elmore, Tessa Gobbo and Katelin Snyder power out of the starting gates on their way to victory at the second Rowing World Cup of the season in Lucerne, Switzerland on May 27th, 2016.
Patricia Obee lets out a yawn as partner Lindsay Jennerich checks the course while leaving the dock prior to the semi-final in the women’s lightweight double sculls at the second world cup of the season in Lucerne, Switzerland on May 27th, 2016. Yawning may provide a competitive advantage, as it stimulates a structure in the brain that affects consciousness and attentional focus. Yawning also regulates the temperature and metabolism of the brain and cooling down the frontal lobes allows for greater concentration. Obee and Jennerich would go on to win their semi-final as well as the final the following day placing them amongst the favourites to win at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
Cuban single sculler Angel Fournier Rodriguez has a drink prior to his heat at the second Rowing World Cup race of the season in Lucerne, Switzerland on May 27th, 2016. Rodriguez would win his heat and move onto the final where he would finish third behind Mahe Drysdale of New Zealand and Ondřej Synek of the Czech Republic.
Maximilian Fraenkel of Germany takes a drink of micro-nutrients directly after finishing his first heat of the second World Cup race of the season in Lucerne, Switzerland on May 27th, 2016. Fraenkel said “the nutrients are sour on my tongue but are meant to assist me with repair of my muscle tissue between races.”
Members of the Chinese rowing team Cao Mian Ying (left) and Wang YuXin wear scarves around their faces as a means of sun block during the second rowing world cup in Lucerne Switzerland on May 27th, 2016.
Pascal Lussier, Will Dean, Rob Gibson and Julien Bahain of Canada leave the starting gates in the mens quad in their first heat of the second rowing world cup of the season in Lucerne, Switzerland on May 27th, 2016. The crew would later withdraw from the regatta due to illness.
Tomas Zagorski of Poland sits in the bow of his boat after he along with the his teammates in the lightweight mens four missed out on qualifying for the final in the last chance Rio Olympic qualification regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland on May 23, 2016.
Athletes and coaches seek shelter from the rain while watching the final races of the second rowing world cup of the season in Lucerne, Switzerland on May 29, 2016.
Netherlands coxswain Peter Wiersum urges on his stroke man Robert Luecken on as he looks across at the bow man of the British crew Matt Gotrel during the mens eight race at the second rowing world cup of the season in Lucerne, Switzerland on May 29th, 2016. The Netherlands would win the race over second place Germany and third USA in a time of 5:28.560 with Great Britain finishing in sixth position.
A spectator holds a cigarette while watching the final races of the second rowing world cup of the season on a wet and chilly Sunday in Lucerne, Switzerland on May 29th, 2016.
Members of the Russian Women’s eight pick up their boat following their heat at the second rowing world cup of the season in Lucerne, Switzerland on May 27th, 2016. The Russian women would end up finishing in 6th place two days later in the final.