About Mary Whipple

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9th Seat is the brainchild of Mary Whipple, Olympic gold medalist coxswain of the US women’s eight. Here you’ll find informative blog posts, tips and tricks, and opportunities to learn from the best!

Brrr...it's Winter

4 Tips for Winter Training Camps

Earning your seat for spring racing happens during practice. If you don’t like where you ended this fall use winter to get better. Most collegiate teams go on winter training trips so use those trips to get back to basics. These 4 tips will help you organize your approach to getting better in the 9th Seat.

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New Jersey: Only the Strong Survive - 01/03/13

MaryWhipple Restore our Shore

It’s been two months since Hurricane Sandy. The Jersey Shore has been a great day off adventure to all the National Team rowers training at the Princeton Training Center. Two members of the rowing community have chosen to help those affected by the storm. Please join me in helping this great non-profit give back to the small businesses that have made the Jersey Shore a fun day off from day to day stress of training for the Olympics.

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The Olympian I Was, Am, and Want to Be: Part II - 06/25/12

Beijing W8+  medals dock

Upon reflecting how the Beijing Olympics have shaped me into the Olympian I am today, I’ve learned that you have to enjoy the journey and believe in the process to be able to reach the destination you’ve envisioned.

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Vesa Ivanovic- Become an athlete is not easy i think...but thats the way i live it...thanks for tips...

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How to be a better coxswain? Become an Athlete. - 06/16/12

Coxswain Toss in Bled 2011

Becoming more athletically minded will help you be a better coxswain. This summer choose to be a better athlete. Here is my attempt at becoming a better athlete by learning to be a smarter runner and dead lifter!

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Kate Johnson- One of my favourite pictures Mary and definitely one of my most memorable hugs. xo KJ

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The Olympian I Was, Am, and Want to Be: Part I - 06/12/12

Athens 2004

The naming date for the London Olympics is quickly approaching. I find myself thinking back to the two previous naming dates and realizing the kind of Olympian I was, am, and want to be.

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Weather: Preparing for the Worst, Planning for the Best - 05/26/12

Lucerne 2012 Heat

When it comes to important races, preparing for any kind of weather takes practice. Just like preparing for a major presentation or final exam, winning is in the details.

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Mary Whipple- Here is a quick reply: The faster the boat the more subtle you will have to be when blending

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5 Mistakes Coxswains Make When First Getting Back into the Boat - 03/04/12

Taking off at the start of the 2011 Lucerne World Cup

March is when most crews who have been frozen off the water start getting back into boats. Avoid making these 5 common mistakes and redefine yourself for this coming racing season. Get the boat you want and deserve.

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I’ll be at Head of the Charles! - 10/20/11

2012 Power and Grace Calendar Photo

Hello Coxswains! I wanted to let everyone know that I’ll be up at The Head of the Charles this year. ┬áThe main reason why I’m headed up there is to promote and sell our 2012 Power and Grace Calendar. It is bigger and better than last years and the best part is that the whole team took part in creating…

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Coxing in Munich to Bled - 08/28/11

We try and having matching uniforms while at Worlds except for College Uni Day!!

We left Princeton 13 days ago but it seems longer. Maybe because we’ve done so much and by so much I mean rowing. This time of year is when all the months of training pay off and when boat speed starts to show.

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Tips for racing by one of our own! - 05/04/11


I recently read this article and have picked up some tips from a fellow coxswain. That’s right, even after 17 years of coxing, I’m constantly learning and seeking out new ways of sitting in that 9th Seat!

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