The above video provides a glimpse of what the international rowing federations arriving in South Korea can expect at the 2013 World Rowing Championships in Chungju—and let us be the first to say that it looks nothing short of awesome. From the course itself, to the facilities, to the cultural event status that worlds will have this year thanks to the host nation, the first major championship of the Rio quadrennium is looking like it'll be one to remember.
The athletes are arriving on the scene, as we are now within ten days of competition. For those crews and coaches traveling from the U.S. and Europe, it's quite a long haul:
Happy to have THAT flight over! RT @Mike_Gennaro Alex @i_silveira @madisanto @tomdethlefs and I at the Seoul airport pic.twitter.com/wQ2cqMnVAm
— usrowing (@usrowing) August 15, 2013
But the location of this year's championships (only the second time that the event has been held in Asia—the first time was also the first world championship of a new quadrennium, in Gifu, Japan in 2005) hasn't stopped a record number of countries from entering the fray—as outlined on the FISA website, no less than 73 nations will be represented on the water in Chungju, which surpasses the previous record of 68, set in Bled, Slovenia in 2011.
The entires have been released, and, as usual, we'll be shooting our mouths off once again, with a set of picks and predictions for this year's regatta. In the meantime, keep an eye on our social media outlets for rowing news and banter from worlds, and you can tide yourselves over listening to this interview by friend of RR, Rowing Illustrated's Sean Wolf, with U.S. LM2x athletes Nick Trojan and Austin Meyer. Keep it locked!