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Brett Newlin's Second Olympics Blog
Release: 08/12/2008
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Aug. 12, 2008

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We had our first race, the heats, yesterday. It was a very warm, humid, foggy/smoggy day. We faced Italy, Great Britain, China, and Belarus. We rowed a very controlled and clean race and finished third behind Great Britain and Italy. A nice "Holy cow, this is the freakin' Olympics" race. This result earned us a direct spot in the semifinals, slated for Wednesday, the 13th. Our event class, the men's coxless four, has arguably the deepest field. After the heats, the top 9 boats, us included, were all within three seconds of each other. Makes for some really tight, exciting racing.

On a completely unrelated note, we had Chinese tailors come to the hotel earlier in the week. Many of us jumped at the chance to buy very nice, custom-fitted suits at very good prices. Suits only run about $100...so I got two. They arrived back from the tailors tonight, and a lot of the team is now walking around the halls in their new duds, checking how they look and feel. Our floor could easily be mistaken for a firm of bankers or stock brokers. We look sharp. Everything from pinstripes to tuxes to white linen. You better believe it.

Brett Newlin

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