2016 Summer Olympics

La Jollan to umpire Olympic rowing in Rio

La Jollan to umpire Olympic rowing in Rio

As the eyes of the world turn to Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Summer Olympics in the coming weeks, the eyes of Bird Rock resident Jean Reilly will strictly be on the rowing teams, as she serves as an International Umpire during the games.

“It’s like the winning the Nobel Prize if you are referee,” Reilly said of being selected. “I look at it as an honor and privilege. I’ve been to Rio and (other Olympic games in some capacity), I love to see the culture and how they are going to weave that culture into the Games.”

Reilly reports for duty in Rio on Aug. 3, the Opening Ceremonies are Aug. 5 and the games continue through Aug. 21. In her Umpire role, Reilly said her job will be to...