Barrows studied sociology with a concentration in Chinese studies, and Morris was a history major. After graduation, they worked in the marine industry for a brief time. Barrows coached at Yale and taught windsurfing lessons at the Ritz-Carlton in St. Thomas. Morris worked on sailing television productions and spent six months at a technology company in Switzerland. Real-world jobs would be put on hold for a while, however, as both Barrows and Morris had been inspired at a young age to become Olympians. For Barrows, it was his local hero Peter Holmberg, who had won a silver medal in the Finn class in 1988. “That seemed like a good goal for me,” he says in reference to Holmberg. For Morris, it was a speaker at his yacht club who captured his imagination with stories of the America’s Cup, racing around the world, and the Olympics. “Something clicked,” he says. With great college careers behind them, they believed the Olympics were the next logical step.