Maybe it's happened before, but I haven't heard of it. But today in the Laser Radial medal race is a true winner take all event. The four top sailors are so far clear of the rest of the fleet that none of them can finish worse than fourth. And since they're only separated by one point, each of them has an equal shot at gold. Three sailors will come back to shore with a medal, one with a monumental heartbreak. There is no complicated match involved here. Beat the other three across the line and you win gold. The interesting dynamic may occur if one or two of the sailors jump out to an early lead—though as we saw yesterday, nothing is safe in these conditions on the Nothe course—and then the remaining two or three are left to fight for the silver and/or bronze medals. I could envision a situation where the third-place boat, among the four contenders, looks at her chances of moving up, decides that its better to ensure bronze than take a chance at silver, and match races the fourth boat out of the race. Annalise Moore of Ireland jumped out to a strong lead in this class with amazing speed in the windier conditions. Will she be at a disadvantage against lighter, and more experienced, sailors in the medal race? Many people think so, but this is the medal race and anything can, and will, happen.