I graduated in 1979. Carlie, who was a class behind me, took that year off to train for the 1980 Olympic team. She made it but, of course, never competed because of the U.S. boycott, and she also qualified for the three subsequent national teams before she made the '84 Olympic team last summer.
We all make choices. Carlie's was rowing, mine wasn't. Carlie won an Olympic medal and I, obviously, didn't. She doesn't regret her decision and I don't regret mine. But what if...? We're left only to wonder.