Day 3 brings some overcast skies, a little bit of a rain, but a lot of great sailing. Some key races for everyone involved today. Follow the action here. If the grey CoveritLive box doesn't appear below, refresh your browser.
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A look back at Day 2 of the 2012 Olympic Regatta, and a look forward to Day 3.
Morning Toast, 2012 Olympics, Day 3
After a succession of serious and dour American sailors, it was a breath of fresh air to interview Paige Railey after her first two Olympic races. Railey was her same bubbly self. She mixed in a few clichés. But this is the Olympics after all, something she’s been focused intently on for the better part of eight years.
Railey had good reason to be upbeat, as well. While her finishes, an eighth and a fifth, were not spectacular, the fact that she was able to avoid a double-digit result was impressive.
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Ben Ainslie lights the flame at the Olympic sailing center in Portland. Ainslie, a three-time Olympic gold medalist has been front and center as these Games kick off. Anything less than gold will be a disappointment for a medal-hungry British populace.
A look at what to expect on Day 1 of the 2012 OIympic Regatta.
The biggest question rolling around the media center as the 2012 Olympic Regatta gets set to kick off it what in God’s name was going through the mind of Team GBR manager Stephen “Sparky” Park on Friday night. The normally reserved Park, who’s in charge of the biggest juggernaut to ever hit Olympic sailing, seemed a little overcome by the moment as his sailing team (12 of the 16 athletes) was introduced to a crowd of 10,000 people gathered on the Weymouth town beach Friday evening.
With a gold and two silvers in four Olympics, 470 and Flying Dutchman skipper Paul Foerster (left, with double Olympic medalist Kevin Burnham, shortly after they clinched the Men's 470 gold in Athens in 2004) should be a lock for the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame. But he and other multiple medalist American sailors have been ignored by a committee that seems focused on a few marquee sports and the famous names.
Despite there being a plethora of qualified candidates, the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame has yet to induct a single sailor.
A Monday morning e-mail from the U.S. Olympic Committee announced the nominees for the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame class of 2012. I perused the list, looking for any notable names. A few caught my eye: wrestler John Smith, who was a collegiate and Olympic superstar when I was a high school wrestler, is on there.
Isn't summer right around the corner? Not in Weymouth, England, apparently. 470 skipper Amanda Clark joined forces with crew Sarah Lihan, a former Laser Radial sailor, just a few months ago, but the duo has clicked well enough to be in the hunt for the U.S. Women's 470 Olympic berth at the first half of the U.S. Olympic Trials at the Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta. After six races they trail the top U.S. team, Erin Maxwell and Isabelle Kinsolving Farrar, by just 15 points.
With the first half of the 2011 U.S. Olympic Trials half over, we check in to see which favorites are living up to their billing and which have some work to do before Saturday.
The general rule of thumb for sailing’s Olympic Trials is that if you’re looking for upsets, for underdogs breaking through, you should probably look elsewhere. Perhaps more than in any other Olympic sport in the United States, the sailing trials—usually decided by a grueling 9-day closed regatta—have rewarded the team with the most talent and the most thorough preparation.