Sarah Whipple's Beijing Blog
Aug. 10, 2008
BEIJING, China - Sarah Whipple, in her first year as an assistant coach for the California women's crew, is writing a blog for CalBears.com while she is in Beijing to watch her sister compete in the 2008 Summer Olympics. Mary Whipple, Sarah's twin, is the coxswain for the U.S. women's Olympic 8.
Aug. 9, 2008
Day two in Beijing started out wet and stayed that way all day long. Before heading out to the rowing center my family and I went to the home town hopefuls center sponsored by bank of America. By having a family member in the Olympics we get to sign up for the Bank of America center, which is a great hospitality house. We are thankful for the center as they provided us with one free ticket to any event. We decided to get an athletics ticket so we can check out the Bird's Nest stadium.
Traveling out to the rowing center was easy yet long journey. So far all the volunteers have been very helpful and speak pretty good English. As we got to the rowing center and found our seats we were surrounded by many of the rowing families. One of the families we sat with was Cal alum Erin Cafaro. Her brother who is also a Cal alum was there supporting her. Well, as the excitement was building so did the rain. It started to rain so much that the 8's were postponed for tomorrow. So until then...
Aug. 8, 2008
Traveling to Beijing
Hi, everyone. My name is Sarah Whipple and I am here in Beijing watching my sister race for Gold in the U.S. women's 8. So far my travels have been pretty easy. I had a direct flight into Beijing from San Francisco and then hopped right on the subway to my hostel. My family and I are getting ready to go out to the rowing venue tomorrow!