Dean Brenner, outgoing chairman of US Sailing's Olympic Sailing Committee.
For the first time since 1936, the U.S. Sailing Team returns from an Olympics with nothing to show for its effort. Dean Brenner, outgoing chairman of US Sailing's Olympic Sailing Committee, talks about the process going forward and puts a cap on his eight-year run at the helm of the team.
In all of my interviews with Dean Brenner, chairman of U.S. Sailing’s Olympic Sailing Committee, I’ve been amazed at his ability to hold a consistent temperament. He has been positive, but never over the top. He has always expected great things of his sailors, he’s not afraid to call it like it is, but he has been unfailingly supportive. Like a proud father who can some how emotionally detach himself from his children’s performance. Were he an actor, everyone would laud him for never breaking character. And that's not to say he was forcing it.
Graham Biehl (left) and Stu McNay ended their regatta on a high note, with a seventh and a fourth, but it wasn't enough to get them inside the top 10 and qualified for the medal race. They finished 14th.
The only thing, realistically, standing between the U.S. Sailing Team and a shutout at the 2012 London Olympics, is the match racing team of Anna Tunnicliffe, Molly Vandemoer, and Debbie Capozzi, and they're one win from being eliminated from the medal chase themselves.
Being that this is Britain, it’s no surprise that Queen’s power-rock anthem “We Are the Champions” was playing during yesterday’s medal ceremonies. For the U.S. Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider, today’s theme music is decidedly less triumphant. Though also by Queen. Try, “Another One Bites the Dust.”
The Olympic regatta is dwindling quickly. Two more medal races today means there are only six fleets still racing. Tom Slingsby, of Australia, got redemption from four years ago when he went into the Olympics as the reigning Laser world champ and went home 22nd. He did what he had to do, held back Pavlos Kontides, of Cyprus, enough to ensure he couldn’t pass him in the overall standings. Kontides still got the first-ever Olympic medal for Cyprus. And at just 22, there’s probably more hardware down the road for this small island nation.
Pieter-Jan Postma of the Netherlands had a bronze in his pocket, but gave it up to take a shot at gold in the medal race.
With a bronze in hand, PJ Postma went for the gold in the bush, and wound up with nothing.
Would you risk an Olympic medal for a shot at immortality?
With just a few hundred meters left in the Finn class medal race Pieter-Jan Postma of the Netherlands was comfortably in position for the bronze medal. But dangling just a boatlength ahead was the silver, possibly the gold. All he had to do was get inside of Daniel Slater of New Zealand for the final mark rounding before a short reach—a parade in almost any condition—to the finish.