Olympic Sailing- Entering Week 2
by Dean Brenner Team Leader US Olympic Sailing Team on 17 Aug 2008
Rather than leave you hanging with no post today, I'll revert to brief and total honesty. I overslept today. I just told my roommate Luther Carpenter that I am finding it harder and harder to get out of bed each day. I'm still not sleeping very well, and it's getting harder to leap out of bed around 5am like I did the first couple of weeks we were here. But I feel like I owe you something each day as we get further into these Games. So here are a few quick thoughts...
Today is big... how many times have you read that from me in the last week?!? I say it all the time, because it is true every day. Lots going on today.
The wind gods did not cooperate yesterday and the two medal races on Course A - Finn and Yngling - did not happen. But out on the other courses, some interesting things happened. Tim and Chris had another good day in the 49er. They rolled a 4-8-3 and are now 9 points from silver and 6 points from bronze enetering today's medal race. We will have three consecutive medal races today: Yngling at 1, Finn at 2, and 49er at 3. Big day on Course A. This has the makings of being a HUGE day in the history of US Olympic Sailing.
We also have a nice little story starting to build in the Star Class. John and Austin are sailing fast and clean and yesterday rolled a 2-4 to take the lead in the Star class. On the Radial course, Anna is still hitting singles and avoiding the big risks. She posted another 6 yesterday, but since the drop race kicked in, she fell from 1st to 3rd overall because some of the other top boats already had a bad score they could now drop. But I'm not worried about the overall standings right now with Anna. She's the only top competitor that has not sailed a drop yet. She is tough as nails, and will be fine.
Three cheers right now from each and every one of you for Amanda Clark, Sarah Mergenthaler, Stu McNay and Graham Biehl. Our two 470 teams did not make the top 10, and did not qualify for their medal race yesterday. Their Olympic Games are over. But I am bursting with pride over these four young athletes. All are first-time Olympians, and I have confidence that we will see more from them in the future. Amanda and Sarah had some great moments, and over the last four years have represented us with grace and it has been an honor to have them on our national team. Stu and Graham came to these Olympics ahead of schedule, so to speak. Their goal at the outset of their campaign was to qualify and be competitive at the 2012 Games. But they were competitive here. They won two races at these Olympics, and clearly have the stuff to compete. They were a little inconsistent, but if they apply themselves appropriately there is no doubt in my mind that they can be a force on the international scene.
I'm proud of all of them, and I hope you are as well.
That's all I have for you today. I need to jump in the shower and get ready for today. We are moving into the second week of these Games. Keeping the focus sharp gets harder in the second week. It's just a long event. But we are ready, and I am looking forward to week 2 just as much as week 1. Great things are in store for Team USA.
Sail fast and cheer hard!
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