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Daly dispatch: Hurry up and wait

Will Daily
Vail, CO, Colorado
Special to the DailyRain and wind postponed the rowing events at the 2008 Olympics Thursday near Beijing. Vail's Will Daly and the U.S. lightweight men's four will compete in the semifinals Friday at 4:20 p.m. (12:20 a.m. Rocky Mountain time).

I am not sure if you all have heard by now, but racing was canceled (Thursday).

We arrived at the course around 12:30 p.m. (Beijing time) for our 2:20 weigh-in, and as we got there, the wind started picking up and then the rain started which was really intense.

But as with all outdoor sports, they normally don’t cancel things for wind and rain. So we did our sweating and then weighed in, and started getting ready to race. We were hanging out in one of the U.S.A. team rooms in the boat house when the lightning started, and that’s when we were told racing was going to be delayed the first time.

We continued getting ready which mostly involves listening to music, re-hydrating, eating, and playing a little sudoku. We were planning on meeting and then getting on the water about 50 minutes before our race at 4:20.

But around 3:15 p.m., our coach came up and said there had been further delays, but just to keep preparing and not let it distract us. About 15 minutes later was when they decided to suspend racing for the day.

So we had all the build up and no excitement.

In terms of how this will affect us having to weigh in two days in a row, we are not very worried about it. We are lucky in the fact that (teammate) Tom (Paradiso) weighs in at 68.5 (kilograms or 151 pounds) and the rest of us get to weigh 70.5 (155 pounds), so we don’t struggle that much with weight.

Some of the other crews that have a harder time making weight might be affected a little bit, but it should be too big of a burden on anyone.

In other news, the German lightweight four did not weigh in today because three of the members of the boat are sick, and so they withdrew from racing which is pretty tragic. We have not heard any official word on whether or not they will be allowed to race (Friday) since no racing occurred (Thursday). Either way, it will not affect us because they are in the other heat.

Just to give you some insight into my life for the past 17 days that I have been in China, it is not as exciting as you might imagine, In those 17 days, I have been four places ” the course, the hotel (which is my room and the dining room), and then I spent 30 minutes at Wumart which is a low-end grocery store, I also got to spend 30 minutes at a high-end grocery/department store.

So now as we are coming to the end of our (stay), I have read all the books I have. I have watched all the movies the team has. I have taken more naps than I thought possible, and don’t think there is any YouTube video I haven’t seen. You could say I have a little cabin fever and a lot of energy.

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