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Feb. 20, 2014

Tulsa, Okla. - Pause at the Release is our periodic feature in which we highlight the perspective of one of our student-athletes. In these articles, the athletes share their personal experiences as part of the Golden Hurricane team with our wonderful supporters and community members. Here, you'll find the backstage story on TU Women's Rowing, told through the eyes of the athletes themselves. Check back often to see updates from more of your favorite rowers and coxswains.

Pause and Release - Thoughts on Sochi 2014

National spirit is in the air as the Olympics broadcast this week and last. We asked a couple of the girls what their favourite Olympic winter sport was, what they thought was the most interesting sport of the Winter Games, and finally, how the Olympics impacted their attitude or mental state. To keep variety, we decided to get an America, Canadian and Ireland perspective. Here's what the girls had to share:

Jennifer Casson - Canada
My favorite winter sport would defiantly be men's ice hockey, as I am an avid supporter of the Canadian team.

The most interesting sport would defiantly be the biathlon, particularly the short track one where there is intense sprinting and the penalty lap. I find it interesting to see the importance of heart rate control being played as an essential ability in order to be able to shoot.

The winter Olympics contributes to my training in a way that we can see just how far hard work can take an athlete of any previous experience. Although some sports (like skating and skiing) athletes begin to train around 4-5 years old in order to be successful, there are still sports like bobsled, luge and cross country skiing where you really can start in your teens and still be successful. This speaks to me, especially in the sport of rowing, seeing as I did not start rowing until my junior year of high school. It gives me motivation to work hard and prove to myself just what I am able to do although less experienced then others.



In addition, I like to hear the stories of the Olympians, and how they came to be such great athletes and the hurdles they had to leap in order to be successful. Inspiration stories motivate me because they prove to me that if other athletes can get through so many hard times, who am I to sit and complain when there is nothing preventing me from playing my sport and training to get better.

Phoebe Mulligan - Ireland
My favorite sport would have to be snowboarding half pipe. I think the most interesting sport would be the four-man bobsled.

The Olympics contributes to my training and mind set in that it's motivational too see all the hard work paying off for those athletes who have reached so far.

Kaity Swinford - United States
Picking a favorite sport at the winter Olympics is really tough for me. I just love them all and my favorite changes every Olympics. This year I would have to say it's Snowboard Cross, it's so fast paced and exciting to watch. One second someone can be winning, the next they could be down and the man that was in fifth could be leading. It's really anyone's race and I think it's super awesome.

The most interesting sport I think is slope style skiing, it's new this year and it's insane. I'm still in awe at the fact they can go backwards off a ramp and then do a backflip. How crazy is that?!?!

Just watching the events contributes to my training. Did you know they call the biathlon 10k, the 10k sprint? A 10,000 meter sprint. That's a long sprint. The last week of practice the first thought in my mind has been, "If they can sprint 10k I can definitely do this." Seeing all these athletes give everything they have really gets me thinking about how far hard work can take you, and what the human body is capable of. Hearing the stories of the athletes and watching them leave it all out there is incredibly motivating.

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