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I didn't know about Mari-Roe Sopper until I attented the Santa Barbara 9/11/2010 Remembrance on the beach with the ~3,000 US Flags. This was close to the SB Pier (tourist and residents area from where you can see any Navy ships that stop here temporarily; she was Navy.
To all the loved ones and friends of Mari-Rae: Sorry it has taken me so long to send my dedication. I was the next coach hired after Mari-Rae. I went to coach the Novice Crew Teams at UCSB. I left for Santa Barbara and then 9-11. Very hard for me to coach the " kids ". My Dad was a hostage during the "Desert Storm ". He was a prisoner for four months. The gals were so proud to have Mari-Rae as their coach. I hoped the kids thought of me as a fine coach and role model. I just had too much pain to deal with.
I was heartbroken to see Mari-Rae's name posted as one of the many victims of the horrific events of September 11th. I did not know her well. I was a Career Counselor at the University of Denver College of Law when Mari-Rae was a student there. I will always remember our conversations, not only about the job search process, but about gymnastics, as I had been a gymnast like she had been. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with Mari-Rae's family and friends. May God bless them and help them through this terrible loss.