The Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition
The athletes in Rio arrive to the Marina Da Gloria between 10 and 11 am, go through the security check-point and head down to the boat park. With racing scheduled to start no earlier than 1 pm local time, it gives them just enough time to get into the competitive mindset, repair any equipment and have a meeting with their coaching staff before they head out to the racecourse.
Rio, sometimes, has other plans. Many race days have light and hot — normal for Rio in August, but not ideal for wind-powered sports. The sea breeze generally fills in around 1 or 2 pm, or sometimes later, meaning the athletes are regularly postponed either on land or water for an hour or more before racing begins. Even when it does, there have been a handful of abandoned races that throw off the schedule of routine for the Olympians.
It’s important these athletes know how to play the waiting game. They could be delayed for any amount of time, or be called to compete at any time, so they have to keep their minds sharp without exhausting themselves. Top athletes from around the world shared their perspectives on staying mentally sharp when the conditions are dull.