Good day all - Well we are really trying to get more of the women on the scene here and I thank them for taking the time to answer our questions . Today we have a speed 5 with Stesha Carle , for her bio click the US rowing link below . Stesha recently won a silver medal at the 2009 World Championships in the Women's Quad .
http://www.usrowing.org/News_Media/Athl ... carle.aspx
I am totally game for this.
WOLF Is their ginger bias in rowing?
CARLE- Well, seeing how I am not a ginger I don't know. I do have red hair, but a true ginger has fair skin and freckles. I can thank my Portuguese heritage for my dark red hair and ability to tan. But let's face it, everyone loves red heads. Except Carrot Top.
WOLF -How long have you been in the in the system before making a senior team?
CARLE - I started training in Princeton in January 2007. I put in a solid year and a half and learned a lot about myself as an athlete before I made the senior team. I was in the non-olympic four in 2008 and last year I was in the quad.
WOLF - How was the transition to sculling after a successful u23 sweep career?
CARLE - Even though I sculled in high school, the biggest transition was realizing how much I had to learn about rowing the single (like placing the blade before you push). When I showed up at the 2006 Fall Speed Order, I ended up placing 39th out of 42 competitors. Later, our coach, Tom asked me if I had ever sculled before. It was very humbling start.
WOLF - What are your thoughts on the upcoming competitiveness of the sculling field both in US selection and internationally?
CARLE - It's very exciting to see our sculling group become more competitive. We have improved so much from the "developmental group" that we were all a part of not so long ago. We keep redefining what sculling in the United States can be. Because of that, I think NSR1 will be more competitive than it has ever been. And as we move closer to Worlds, more scullers will join our training group to help create a faster team.
As for the international field, I can't really be sure. Having Worlds in New Zealand this year makes me wonder if every country will send a full team. If they do not, we might not be able to see a true field until 2011 in Slovenia. Regardless of who shows up, I think everyone on the US sculling team is in the hunt for hardware.
WOLF- We all know there are a ton of practices when you are training , what do you guys do during your down time and what is the living situation like at the Training Center?
CARLE - My living situation is great. I live in a big purple house with a couple sweep rowers located a mile out of town. When I am not rowing, I am either at my part time job at Lindt Chocolate, grilling with teammates or occasionally grabbing a beer in town.
WOLF_ Do you prefer the quad , what about the double or even the single ?
CARLE - I like them all. The single is by far the best training tool for both sculling and sweep. The more time I spend in the single, the more I enjoy it. The double is the boat that we row the most during selection. I just love the connections that are formed after a grueling 5x2k row. That's when you really get to know your teammates. And the quad is fun. It's fast, for one thing. And usually four scullers together create a crazy dynamic of hard work and inappropriate jokes.
Thanks to Stesha again for the Speed 5. And yes we at RI love the red heads!