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.
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. v=gl UKGWFJKJA People were furious, why wouldn’t that international federation and the IOC delay until conditions improved?
They couldn’t – the Closing Ceremony would start in a few hours; all sports had to be completed.
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. Now the Olympic Rowing Regatta begins on day 2 – the morning after the Opening Ceremony – and be completed on the Saturday.
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.
FISA isn’t responsible for the weather – the best they can do is stay as connected to the expert weather forecasters and look for windows of opportunities.(I have to admit – I often joke the weather forecasters and pollsters seem to be the only people who keep their jobs even though their predictions are so often way off).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.And – I think the last time one was SO disrupted it wasn’t even the Rowing regatta – it was the Canoe Kayak regatta in Sydney (2000).