SAN FRANCISCO — Germantown native and UW-Madison biochemistry grad Michael Knippen flew off to California to go after his goals. But all those goals have been place on hold.
California’s beneath a shelter-in-area purchase to protect against the even further spread of the really contagious coronavirus that has shuttered organizations and shut-in people.
“I like the quotation, ‘if we’re prosperous with the shelter in position, it’ll seem to be like it was all for almost nothing,’ because very little lousy will take place, which is I imagine a excellent way to search at this,” Knippen mentioned.
Michael Knippen, a 25-calendar year-outdated Germantown native, now life in San Francisco.
“It is incredibly quiet. I have been heading on a few runs and you bump into a several people today in the park. but whenever driving around, no one on the roads, BART trains are vacant, a lot of persons appear to be staying at dwelling. Which is excellent,” he stated.
With levels in biochemistry and mathematical biology, he knows a issue or two when it comes to what the human race is struggling with throughout the world.
“From the immunology aspect of things, this is unquestionably spreading at an alarming rate and the potential for devastation is fairly authentic,” Knippen claimed.
But the actual motive Knippen is in San Francisco is not to go after his aspiration in biochemistry, but to hopefully make the Olympic staff.
“We shut the training centre down about a 7 days in the past,” he mentioned. “We’ve all been working out on our possess.”
The rower’s hopes set on keep as the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Online games have been postponed until following 12 months as COVID-19 impacts his initiatives to carry on to train in the four-man racing sculls.
“Right now it is just sort of switching again into the frequent schooling cycle as if we’re starting up the year around,” he mentioned. “Unfortunately there’s heading to be no races to create in direction of in the close to-time period upcoming. but we have an added yr to work on points and I assume it will bode nicely for our success, in Tokyo.”
But until then, Knippen, and us all, have to row on — and even though we may well be by yourself — we’re all in the very same boat.