"At your first Olympics, there is so much going on-so many attractions, and distractions as well," he says. "The next time you go, you are more focused on what you need to do, and that is, to give it your best performance."
Rast and 49er skipper Tim Wadlow were sparring partners for the 2004 Games, training against each other to sharpen their skills for the Athens regatta. During this quadrennium, they decided to make a bid together for a U.S. berth to China. Rast switched roles from skipper to crew and together they won the 24-race U.S. Olympic Team Trials held in San Diego without having to sail the final race.