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Rowing used to begin on Sunday – day 3 of the Olympics – and the regatta finished on Sunday with Canoe Kayak beginning the next day. This gives the venue a day to convert from rowing to canoe/kayak, but also it gives FISA a chance to find best conditions.
Rowers have joked in the past that God must be a rower.
More often than not, Olympic Rowing conditions have been consistently excellent.
There have been short delays here or there but it’s been a long time since an Olympic regatta has been so wind effected.
And – I think the last time one was SO disrupted it wasn’t even the Rowing regatta – it was the Canoe Kayak regatta in Sydney (2000).
I know that FISA study weather patterns – daily and long range – and I wouldn’t be surprised if they have found themselves between a rock and hard place.
FISA isn’t responsible for the weather – the best they can do is stay as connected to the expert weather forecasters and look for windows of opportunities.(I have to admit – I often joke the weather forecasters and pollsters seem to be the only people who keep their jobs even though their predictions are so often way off).The two sports share a venue; Rowing is always week one and Canoe/Kayak is week two.I’ll never forget watching the Canadian Flag Bearer, Caroline Brunet, and gold-medal favourite – be forced to race her K1-500m final in conditions that seemed to fit the white-water paddlers far more than the sprint/flat water paddlers. v=gl UKGWFJKJA People were furious, why wouldn’t that international federation and the IOC delay until conditions improved?They couldn’t – the Closing Ceremony would start in a few hours; all sports had to be completed.I believe FISA, the international rowing federation, took a long look at that situation and made a decision to give rowing some flexibility if that were to happen in (their) week one. Now the Olympic Rowing Regatta begins on day 2 – the morning after the Opening Ceremony – and be completed on the Saturday.