The video stream won't be available until the finals, which explains why we couldn't find the right event on universal sports. So, if you're planning on watching the reps on Tuesday (6:30 AM Eastern time), this is the Live Event Viewer link that will work. You see little flags racing each other on the screen with sporadic burst of progress. They are advancing to the right (I didn't immediately figure that out.)
We just Skyped with Margot. She is hugely disappointed but determined to correct the situation on Tuesday. The first 100 meters were "OK" in her evaluation, the last, she wasn't racing her race. She said she missed a lot of strokes because she was caught in between the wakes of the Czech and Gr Britain boats. I had never thought about that, but there's not much you can do, I would imagine, other than row by them, to overcome that.
As a parent, it's hard to find the right words to say when your child (even adult child) is disappointed. If you're there in person, a hug replaces the inept attempts at verbal encouragement. Listening seems the best recourse because just talking it out and through with someone who loves you hopefully is a bit of help.
The other hard thing is that you believe your child can do it, but don't want to be too "Go win that race" in case they don't and think they let you down. This applies to non-racing situations and all your children (like my wonderful sons, Nate and Tom).
Whether it's having your first grade teacher fail to post your picture because you used unusual colors, sitting the bench in basketball, dislocating a knee cap, missing that SAT score, having someone break up with you, etc. -- all the times when you watch your children struggle emotionally, physically, spiritually, I hope the important thing isn't that we know the right words, or can do something tangible, it's that they never have to wonder about whether we still love them, think of them with pride and joy, and thank God for them continually.
Keep the positive thoughts coming and thanks for your support!
I love you Mar!