ROWING: Soon to be four-time Olympian, Kerry Hore, is savouring the sights and sounds of Rio de Janeiro ahead of competing in the women's quadruple sculls for Australia on Day One (Saturday August 6) of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
Hore, who made history when she was selected for her fourth Games, alongside Olympic debutants Jessica Hall, Jennifer Cleary and Madeleine Edmunds, is delighted to be competing in Rio in just a few days.
"It's a very spectacular rowing course, you find yourself looking up at the things around you, including Christ the Redeemer, it's been a little bit windy but we were prepared for that, we've known for a few years that that was going to be the case, and we've trained in a few different environments so we're used to windy conditions," Hore said.
"It is a unique experience to be here in Rio de Janeiro. Every one of my Olympics have been so different but this is just so amazing. You walk around and the locals get so excited, shouting out ‘Australia, Australia'. For me, rowing with three girls a lot younger than myself, all first time Olympians, has bought a new sort of excitement for me and I'm really looking forward to racing," the Hobart-local said.
"It's a good mix of youth and experience in the rowing section, I think we're half and half in terms of those who have been to an Olympics before and those who are newbies. It is a really good balance of the old, experienced cynics and then the younger people getting excited about the uniform and stuff like that," commented Hore.
Australia will race on the opening day of the Olympic regatta and Hore believes there are no favourites in her boat class, despite her crew picking up a silver medal at World Rowing Cup 3, in Poland, in June this year.
"It's hard to pick the competition as there are only seven crews in our event, and judging on the last World Rowing Cup, in Poland in June, we had about four crews within seconds of each other crossing the line.
"Usually at a World Championships you think to yourself ‘Oh we could beat them' but here, at the Olympic Games, I think everyone is in with a shot in our event. Out of the four Olympic Games, this is the highest standard that I've seen, the Germans are very consistent, but as I said, the four crews were within a couple of seconds at the last World Cup, so we have our work cut out for us.
"We've had a really good training block between then and now, so all we can do is focus on going as fast as we can," added the 35-year-old.
Hore, an Olympic bronze medallist from the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, is excited about the energy of an additional crew coming into Australia rowing section will bring, with the arrival of the women's eight at the end of the week.
"I think the women's eight arriving tomorrow will bring a good bit of energy among the group and obviously those girls.
"For me personally, I was pleased to see the IOC and FISA take a really hard stance on drugs in sport. In Athens, I finished fourth on the day and then got bumped up to third and taking away that opportunity to stand up on the podium has really stuck with me. You know you dream about standing up there, so I'm really glad they've taken that hard stance and what a great opportunity for our girls as well."