When we put this picture on our Facebook page it got a load of reactions, including a note from the athletes in the boat.
I wonder if this photo will keep popping up on Facebook for all my life?
And so this prompted us to ask them what their side of the story was. The girls have both rowed for Latvia in a pair for the Junior and U23 World Rowing Championships in the past (the photo was not from these regattas).
It was right after the medal ceremony (we won gold by the way). I tried to push us off the dock with my oar but it slipped under the dock. The water wasn’t very deep and my oar rested on the bottom of the lake. Somehow Anete Risa and me managed to get back onto the dock without flipping the boat! But the shell was filled with water!
And yes, if you look closely you can see they are indeed wearing medals!