WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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"We knew from the start that we wouldn't medal," Inna explains. "We had eight practices to become a boat. We were hardly a match for the high-performance boats that had com- peted together for multiple seasons and rowed together as if by instinct. But we were ready to give it our best." During their practice sessions, the crew focused on refreshing their skills, learning each other's rowing quirks and capabilities, building strength and fitness, and developing a rhythm. They also spent time getting to know each other and getting know each other and getting comfortable comfortable with the job each was there to do. Having confidence in each other, and especially in their young civilian coxswain, would be critical. "The coxswain is the brain of the boat and the rowers are the power," Inna explains. "You must be assertive, confident, and comfortable being Inna explains. "You must be assertive, confident, and comfortable being in charge to be a good coxswain. And, you have to be able to earn your crew's trust. They place every decision in your hands during a race." Confidence in the coxswain is especially important when rowing the HOCR, as it is one of the most difficult racecourses in the sport. 50 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 6 Head of the Charles L E F T : C O U R T E S Y O F F R A N O H , B O T T O M : J O R G E A N T O N I O / D R E A M S T I M E . C O M "You must be assertive, confident, and comfortable being in chargeā€¦" - Inna Oh

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