In another reality, Jess would be finishing up her finals in Ann Arbor and gearing up for another Big Ten Championship. Or she’d be ramping up her practice schedule for the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta in Switzerland. Instead, she finishes her peanut butter toast and sits down at her computer. When she’s done with her school work, she tries to keep herself occupied, spending time with her family and running — she even dyed her own hair a couple weeks ago.
That’s the routine she’s developed since getting home to Johannesburg in the middle of March, when her rowing career, her Olympic dreams and her life were put on pause because of COVID-19.