sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Sail-World.com : Tom Slingsby – Gold at Last - What he said
Tom Slingsby – Gold at Last - What he said

'Tom Slingsby wins Gold'    Sail-World.com ©    Click Here to view large photo

Dockside yesterday before the medal ceremony, the 27 year old Australian, five times Laser World Champion and now Olympic Gold medallist, talked through his day.

‘It is an amazing feeling. I have worked so hard for so long now. Last time (Beijing 2008) I put in so much hard work and came away with nothing and this time I put in so much more work and finally I am going home and I know that all the sacrifice I have made over the years wasn't for nothing. This time I have an Olympic Gold medal. I have been through the highs and lows of the sport that is for sure.

‘There is an element of redemption. If I didn't do well at this Olympics I would definitely have hung up my sailing shoes.

‘Last time I had won Worlds, World Cups, Europeans, everything going into China and the Olympics was the only thing and coming out of that, knowing it was a four year wait for a chance of redemption was pretty daunting. I am glad I stuck with it and had another crack.

‘This is the best day of my life. Hands down. I am the happiest guy in the world right now.

‘Nathe and Goobs (fellow Australians Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen - 49er series leaders) were there straight away, after I crossed the finish line. I told them to get out there and do their job and we are going to have a drink tonight together.

‘It means just so much more having your friends and family. It would be pretty empty if you came here and you did well but you had no one there to share it with. Tonight at the Cove, our drinking hole, we can all go there and meet and celebrate. It’s just the best feeling knowing they are here to celebrate with me.

August 6, 2012 - Weymouth, England - Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen chat with Tom Slingsby before starting their final two races -  Richard Gladwell   Click Here to view large photo

'Medal wise, after seeing the girls win in the swimming I thought it is all going to take off from there, but it has all slowed down a bit. I hope this can kick start us. Being an Australian I know we have got fighting spirit and we are all going to fight to the end.'

Asked about the future, possibly in the Finn Tom responded 'I don't know. I think if I had come away without anything I would have stopped the Olympics for sure. Now I have a gold medal I don't know it, is a pretty amazing feeling. It is hard to think I wouldn't do it again.'

On his approach to the race: ‘Before yesterday I was thinking that I might just go and sail my own race but I went out to the Nothe and I watched the Stars and the Finns and I saw how easily you can lose a lead and I saw a gold medal slip through a couple of guys fingers yesterday.

'So I just said to myself 'that's not going to be me and I am not going to give him an inch'. If he could have lost silver I wouldn't have been like that but he had the silver locked away so I was never going to give him a chance.

‘It’s been an interesting week. Last night I did not have a great night’s sleep. I am someone who doesn’t really get too nervous in general but these last few days I haven't been getting much sleep at all.

‘This morning I was definitely nervous. I feel nervous when I am on shore and around the media but as soon as I got out there and with ten minutes to go, I was feeling fine and ready to roll.

‘No as soon as I get out there and get on the race track I have a full routine. I start checking the wind, the course and where I have to be and so I get into that. I forget everything else and am good to go.

‘In 2006 I was leading going into the last race but I had a bad drop and came up against my coach Michael Blackburn (this was before the double points medal race system.). He match raced me off the course and I needed a top ten finish and he could sail his drop. My fifteenth place meant he won the championship.

‘My coach then beat me and now he is helping me win a gold medal - pretty ironic I guess.

‘Today from the start he Cypriot understood how it was going to go down I think and he knew that I was going to be pretty harsh on him.'

How does it feel that now you have doubled Australia’s medal tally and we are almost catching up to the New Zealanders?'

‘I am just really glad and I am a very proud Australian and we have some of the best athletes in the world in my view.

'I might be a bit biased but I think the Golds will come and we will finish strongly and we will get right up to where we are supposed to be.’


by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=100722

6:37 AM Tue 7 Aug 2012GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on


Related News Stories:

07 Aug 2012  London Olympics 2012 - Australian sailing preview for day 10
07 Aug 2012  London Olympics 2012 - Laser and Laser Radial medal race images
07 Aug 2012  London Olympics 2012 - A tale of two Medal races
07 Aug 2012  London Olympics 2012 - Canadian Olympic Sailing Team on day 9
07 Aug 2012  London Olympics 2012 - U.S. Olympic Sailing Team day 9
07 Aug 2012  London Olympics 2012 - Brits continue crusade in Weymouth
07 Aug 2012  London Olympics 2012 - Slingsby's long wait for Gold is over + Video
07 Aug 2012  London Olympics 2012 - Irish sailors fall short on day 9
07 Aug 2012  London Olympics 2012: 470 Men - Aussies and Brits blitz the field
07 Aug 2012  London Olympics 2012: Laser Radial - China's Lijia Xu snags gold
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World





























Team GBR’s Sparky on the Road to Rio (Part Two) *Feature by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,


















Team GBR on the Road to Rio (Part One) by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,




















Sailing World Cup Hyeres- Top sailors to face off as Gold Fleet Racing
Anti-boating legislation debated in Florida House
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Day 2 Laser images by Franck Socha
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Day 2 Nacra 17 images by Franck Socha
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Mitakis lead reduced on day 2
Will late spring thaw spell trouble for boaters?
Byte CII Worlds and YOG Continental Qualifier at Riva del Garda
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères - Battle continues for U.S. sailors
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Qualification stage comes to a close
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Day 2 images by Franck Socha
ISAF SWC Hyeres - Nacra Silver medal debutantes continue to improve
Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta - Cheers on the dock
Spindrift 2 criss-crosses the Bay of Biscay
45th anniversary of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston's record circumnavigation
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Sailors tweet about opening day
49er Blog: Glorious racing to kick start Hyeres World Cup
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Continuous close racing
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères - Fluttering flags whet sailors appetite
Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta - Race 4 images by Jude Robertson
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider Day 1
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Day 1 Nacra 17 images by Thom Touw   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Day 1 Laser images by Thom Touw   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres: Ioannis Mitakis leads Finns after day 1   
RC44 Cascais Cup - Fresh faces join the line-up   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Excellent racing on opening day   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Images by Yvan Zedda and Franck Socha   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Day 1 images by Franck Socha   
Hyeres World Cup: Kiwis lead but Outteridge Jensen back in 49er fray   
Belcher and Ryan lead from the start in Hyeres   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères - Race day 1 ready for lift off   
Clipper Round the World Race 11 - Tense match downwind racing on Day 2   
Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta - Day 3 an absolute gem   
Quantum Key West 2015 dates confirmed   
Flying Tigers 'Psych' - on Lake Lanier they pronounce it Zhik   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres: Anticipation intensifies as start nears   
Clipper Round the World Race - Race 11 start images by Chuck Lantz   
27th Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta 2014 - Big breeze on the butterfly   
Rolex China Sea Race 2014 - Pryde and Joy for Hi Fi   
Clipper Round The World Race - A flying start on Day 1 of Race 11   
Cammas on Caudrelier – different styles, same objective   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
X6XL NEW US