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I needed time before writing this piece. I needed to go home and spend time with my family and my three month-old daughter who grew up way too fast in the past month and a half. I needed to be able to swallow the frustration of an epic Olympic regatta.

We arrived in Rio fully prepared and confident. We knew we had the speed to challenge for first place and we had medal expectations. We also knew that we had a limited amount of experience together as a quad and would be racing against crews with decades of experience and a legacy in the event.

On site, we were blown away by the incredible location. The Corcovado mountain and its iconic statue overlook the lagoon where the regatta took place, located just a few hundred metres from Ipanema Beach. Our hotel was pretty much on the ocean front and we were cycling to the venue. It was ideal.

The drawbacks of being that close to the ocean were obvious. The ocean winds were to rule the regatta, along with media requirements. The first day of racing started in ideal conditions at 8am. As the morning went on and the conditions became ever more challenging, organisers remained reluctant to cancel and reschedule the first day because of the tight games timetable.

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