All eyes are on S. Puspure as she competes in her third Olympic Games, hoping she can finally win an Olympic medal after coming up short in London in 2012 and Rio in 2016. The only medal S. Puspure was lacking from his collection would be a wonderful addition to his trophy case, as he said to Tokyo 2020.
Since making her Olympic debut in 2016, the Irish rower of Latvian descent has dominated the women’s single sculls event. S. Puspure has won the World Rowing Championships (in 2018 and 2019) and the European Rowing Championships (in 2018 and 2019) in a row (2019, 2020).
In Spite of this, S. Puspure Refrained From Making Any Forecasts For Tokyo 2020.
In other words, I won’t be reciting phone numbers, addresses, and the like. What we want is futile, though, because we all know what it is. Many athletes will be participating. It’s clear that not everyone can have what they desire if everyone else has the same goal.
“I guess I’ll just try to do my best and not let myself down, and I won’t fall into any pressure traps or anything like that. “Just take it one race at a time, like any other championship, and do your best,” she advised.
S. Puspure: An Experience at the Zoo and a Successful Comeback
The two-time Olympian could have had a totally different life had she not been one of the best female rowers in the world.
When S. Puspure realised that she couldn’t make the transition to the senior ranks, she quit from sculling despite her success as a junior in Latvia. With marriage and motherhood out of the way, the rower closed that door for good.
But shortly after S. Puspure and her husband relocated to Ireland, she had a fortuitous meeting that completely altered the course of her life and the future of her unborn child.
There was a lot of rowing going on on the river when we got there because we missed the turn on the way to the zoo. Furthermore, I was unaware of the state of rowing in Dublin. Never have I seen anyone rowing at that spot. I fought back, and that was it.
With her enthusiasm for the sport reignited, S. Puspure was swimming again within five to six weeks after giving child.
I was anxious to get back into the boat. But at first, I thought it would be fun to get out and mingle with other people, make new acquaintances, and get some exercise after having children. And I had heard that being on the water can be really restful, so I was looking forward to that as well.
A desire to compete in the Olympics was planted in my mind rather quickly, and once it was there, it wouldn’t let go. Then I realised I had to do something to make my aspirations come true.
The first female Irish single sculler since Moscow 1980, S. Puspure competed for Ireland at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
S. Puspure came in 13th, however she stressed the importance of the experience rather than her final standing.
It’s about right that I came in at the 13th spot. Had I tried harder, I could have advanced to the semi-finals. That outcome satisfied me greatly, as qualifying for the Olympics itself was a major accomplishment.
Full Community Backing
Despite being a mother and a top athlete, S. Puspure credits the encouragement she received from her local community and from her instructors in Ireland and Latvia for helping her reach the summit of her sport.
I credit all the love and encouragement. The rowers’ support “sort of carried me all the way across the finish line and helped me with the mental game,” the 39-year-old competitor added.
In Ireland, I worked with a fantastic coach who challenged me. Even he had a penchant for daydreaming. He helped me out with the boat and the oars, and in retrospect I believe he thought I had a good chance of making it because I was surrounded by such a lovely group of girls.