Olympic Rowing Spirit!

The USA Women’s eight at the Beijing Olympic Closing Ceremonies in 2008. Lindsay Shoop at the far right.

Through the National Rowing Foundation, I received an e-mail today from Lindsay Loop, one of the members in the USA Women’s eight that took a gold medal at the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2998. She writes:

TODAY IS THE DAY THE VANCOUVER OLYMPIC CLOCK FINALLY GETS TO ZERO!

Dear Göran, – Today is the day when the Vancouver Olympic Countdown clock finally gets to 0! All of us on the USRowing National Team are excited and filled with the Olympic spirit.

For the following sixteen days we will watch the story of Vancouver Olympics unfold. Each day a new Olympic story of success, hard work, persistence, triumph and sometimes failure and defeat will evolve on the world stage. Watching our fellow American Olympians will inspire us to train harder and stay focused on our 2012 finish line.

As you follow the stories of the Winter Olympians over the next several days, please know how much I have appreciated your support of my Olympic dreams. In 2008 my Olympic story was winning the gold medal in the women’s eight!

As I continue to train I will focus my goal on London 2012 and wonder what the next Olympic story will be for all the US rowers. Many people contribute to our personal journeys as we train. However, it is the work of the National Rowing Foundation, and the contributions from all of you that make our National Team journeys a reality.

With every sunrise row, we are one day closer on our countdown clock. Today, Friday February 12, 2010 the London 2012 Olympic Countdown clock reads 896 days to go! You can log on to http://www.natrowing.org/ and read more about our Beijing story and our plans and challenges for the next 896 days! Thank you for being there for us.

In Olympic Spirit,
Lindsay Shoop
Gold Medal Winner 2008 W8+
Frank Shields Fellow

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