Friday, December 16, 2011
Film for the Weekend: Bled 2011, Thanks to Mike Nicholson
Having been fortunate enough to attend the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia, I can say that Mike Nicholson has done quite well here, capturing the sights and sounds around the race course, as well as catching up with a number of the top athletes on the outstanding Australian national team. Bled is, without question, one of the most picturesque rowing venues in the world, and the weather cooperated beautifully this year, making for good racing (and reporting) conditions. In case you missed it, or would like to relive it all once again, check out the coverage of the 2011 World Rowing Championships from the course on RowingNews.com (opening ceremonies, and days one, two, three, four, five, six, seven and eight are a click away), with links to over 40 video interviews with athletes and coaches.
After an extremely successful 2011 campaign, Team GB will be in action over the weekend, with national trials taking place in Boston, UK (the original version). Pete Reed's Twitter indicates that he will not be racing (instead, Andrew Triggs Hodge will race with Alex Partridge), and there are a number of top athletes that will not be in the mix due to illness/current training cycle, leaving some room for ambitious U23 athletes seeking to place their names in the hat for 2012. It will be particularly interesting to see how Constantine Louloudis and George Nash fair in the M2- field. More updates and analysis to come.