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Pragada: Row, row, row your boat

My first exposure to rowing (or what they refer to in America as “crew”) came in 2010, when i saw David Fincher’s movie The Social Network. Besides being completely blown away at the fact that Armie Hammer was playing two people on screen at the same time, I was additionally shocked that competitive kayaking was a real sport, one that posh British people in the movies seemed to take exceptionally seriously. My next encounter with rowing, in high school, reminded me that the founding of Facebook wasn’t the only thing exaggerated in that movie, and helped me better comprehend this aquatic mystery of a competition.

Sometimes your body just says no

A few weeks ago I sat in the cold, sterile Stanford sports medicine office looking at Dr. Baine as she held my gaze and said, “If we medically disqualify you, you will never get to row again. It’s not reversible, are you okay with that?” Of course I wasn’t okay with that/ I felt myself…