Powerful SI Article on Jill Costello, our departed Cal Women's Crew Golden Coxswain
"Happen upon a race, and your eyes will be drawn to the powerful women in the bow of each boat, the ones with backs like oak doors who tear great gashes in the water, pushing and pulling and exhaling clouds of carbon dioxide until their chests are aflame and their temples thump. For a moment, though, it’s worth shifting your gaze to the stern, to the wispy figure of the coxswain. She’ll be the only woman facing forward, the only one without an oar. Indeed, she’ll barely even move, instead just sitting there … talking. If you are unfamiliar with the sport, you might wonder about this small woman’s purpose, wonder if she can even be considered an athlete. After all, how can you be an athlete when all you do is talk? What difference can a woman like that make, anyway?
You’d be amazed."
On this Thanksgiving weekend, you owe it to yourself to read this beautiful feature by Chris Ballard
. Reminds us how thankful we should all be to know someone as amazing as Jill, and that we can be thankful to honor her memory and keep on the fight against the disease that claimed her.
Our story on Jill Costello after her passing
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