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Silver is Sweet for Lovell and Ogletree

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ATHENS--There was some initial disappointment for John Lovell and Charlie Ogletree. The U.S. Tornado team came into the final race of the 2004 Olympic Regatta with a shot at gold. They gave it their best effort, and came up short, due largely to an outstanding performance from Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher of Austria. But the disappointment faded quickly as the realization sunk in that after sailing together for over 11 years through three Olympic campaigns, they had finally realized their dream of winning an Olympic medal.    more...


 



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Brazil Equal Great Britain’s Gold Medal Haul

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Torben GRAEL (BRA) today won the Star Class Gold medal here at the Athens 2004 Olympic Sailing Competition with a race to spare, It is Brazil’s second Gold medal in Sailing here in Greece.

Grael now has a record breaking five Olympic medals, four of them in the Star Class and one in the Soling in 1984, when the Olympic Sailing Competition was held on the waters of Long Beach (USA). As he crossed the finish line the dignified celebrations perked up when the pair launched themselves off their boat.

Still with a day to go to decided the rest of the medals on Saturday, racing for the final day is sure to be as competitive and close as the rest of the 2004 Competition.

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Keelboat Men - Star - Swedes Sweep Race 6

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The Star class sailed race 6 today, in a spectacular northeasterly wind at 17 knots. Coming from the land, the wind was shifty and gusty, creating testing conditions for a good race.

Unfortunately, it was not a good day for the second overall going into day, Ross MACDONALD and Mike WOLFS (CAN). They lost their jib before the starting signal was given in an incident with the Bermudan boat and then sailed the whole race without it. Eventually they finished last. It must have been very frustrating but abandoning would mean getting an extra unnecessary point. After they filled a request for redress (RDG) they were reinstated by the protest committee and given 5.2 points. A bad day also for Greece’s Leonidas PELEKANAKIS and Giorgos KONTOGOURIS who broke their spinnaker pole on the first downwind leg, which affected their performance.   more...      Star EventHome...   Other class info...

 

 



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Saronic Coast action continues

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ATHENS -- With 11 classes of boats racing a total of 126 races, there is action all over the Saronic Gulf off Athens. Gary JobsonAfter 10 days of racing here are some observations:

Happiness: It makes my heart feel good when sailors finish races earning bronze medals and showing absolute jubilation. The standard victory celebration here is to jump in the water immediately after crossing the finish line. The smiles are genuine. In many sports a bronze medal is considered a disappointment, but I haven't seen that in sailing.   more...

 

 



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With big wind forecast, U.S. sailing crews in good shape

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The Olympic sailing regatta might actually get a steady breeze, not the shifty, patchy stuff that leads to crazy days on the Saronic Gulf.

And three American crews are ready to do something with it.

Although it was a chore at times because of the shifting wind and equipment problems, the U.S. Tornado, Star and 49er crews did a nice job of getting around their courses Monday and are either in medal position or close to it going into the final days of racing.

John Lovell of New Orleans and Charlie Ogletree of Houston had trouble with their catamaran's spinnaker in both races and had consecutive ninth-place finishes, but remained in first place in the Tornado class. They have a one-point lead over defending gold medalists Roman Hagra and Hans Peter Steinacher of Austria with six of 11 races sailed.

America's Cup star Paul Cayard and Phil Trinter, a former Indiana offensive lineman, righted themselves rather nicely in the Star class by following up two disastrous races with a well-sailed one. They finished third in race 5 to jump from seventh into a tie for fourth, just one point out of the bronze medal with six races to sail.    more...

 



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Michigan Swimmers are Proving Successful in Olympics

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Still, she wanted to go through a mock run -- checking the fit and feel of a uniform she hopes will propel her to a fast swim in today's preliminary heat of the women's 4 x 200-meter freestyle relay at the Summer Games.

Kara Lynn Joyce of Ann Arbor has been collecting Olympic memories, as well. Actually, she has been wearing them.

"Portugal, Indonesia, the Virgin Islands, the 'Today' show -- that's my favorite -- Panama, Barbados," Joyce said Tuesday as she ran her fingers along the ribbon of her credential, which was decorated with Olympic pins. "The feeling of the Olympics has really taken over me now."

Piper and Joyce are part of a new wave of swimmers, so to speak -- talented collegians who have embraced their first Olympics instead of being intimidated.   more...

 



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Laser and 470 Teams Make Gains in Inconsistent Breeze

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ATHENS--After a couple of days of largely disappointing results, the U.S. Sailing Team made some positive moves in three classes on Day 4 of the 2004 Olympic Regatta. In a shifty and inconsistent sea breeze that started in the west and eventually backed all the way to the east, the U.S. 470 teams and Laser sailor Mark Mendelblatt improved their overall standings and now stand either in the medals, or very close to them.

The wind forced race committees to work overtime to get the scheduled races off. In fact, the final Women's 470 race didn't finish until nearly 7 p.m., and the competitors, who'd left the harbor before noon, were straggling into the harbor at sunset.    more...


 



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American crew eighth in colorful first 49er race

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The 49er made its colorful entrance into the Olympic sailing regatta and the American crew finished eighth in the first race Tuesday, when the Saronic Gulf suddenly turned tame.

The high-performance skiffs -- nicknamed for their 4.99-meter length -- were a big hit in their Olympic debut in Sydney in 2000 and should be again, as long as the wind isn't as light as it was Tuesday. The 49ers are fast and easily identifiable on downwind legs after they hoist their asymmetrical spinnakers imprinted with their country's flag.

As the 49ers rounded the first mark, the red-and-white Swiss spinnaker popped open, followed by the blue-and-yellow chute aboard Ukraine's boat and then the Union Jack. The American flag appeared when Tim Wadlow of Boston and Pete Spaulding of Miami rounded in eighth.   more...

 



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Masterly Ainslie back in commanding form

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Webb and Ayton, RobertsonThe irresistible rise of Ben Ainslie has produced a breathtaking 72 hours - from being a despondent 20th out of 25 Finn class competitors on Saturday to outright leader last night.

Six of the 11 Finn races are complete and Ainslie's resurrection takes a breather today on a scheduled reserve day for the class.

If Ainslie is ascendant, Shirley Robertson is dominant. With the two Sarahs, Webb and Ayton, Robertson has the prospect of becoming the first woman in Olympic sailing to win two golds. Triumphant in the Europe class in Sydney, she now leads the Ynglings by nine points from her old adversary, Dorte Jensen, of Denmark.   more...
 


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Olympic News - 8/16/2004

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Keelboat Women – Yngling Bullets For Germany And Norway

A superb day’s racing in the strong Meltemi winds gave Germany and Norway their first bullets, in winds averaging 20 knots with gusts up to 25.

 

Star and Tornado Update

The Star and Tornado fleets, the last two events to start in the Olympic Sailing Competition, host seventeen boats apiece. Into day five of measurement, the Measurement Team went through the checks with amongst others the highly favoured pairings of Roman HAGARA and Hans Peter STEINACHER (AUT) in the Tornado, and Colin BEASHEL and David GILES (AUS) in the Star.

 

Single-handed Dinghy Men   Day Three - Ben Bites Back

On the third day of racing for the Finn class here at the Olympic Games, the fleet was one of only two to be sent out onto the Saronic Gulf as blustery Meltemi conditions created a wind speed that was too high on many of the course areas.

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Danish sailing team member held after fatal car accident

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ATHENS, Greece -- A member of Denmark's sailing team was arrested on charges he struck and killed a British pedestrian while speeding in his car on the way to see his country's handball team play.

The sailor, Niklas Holm, hit the man, identified as Errol Strachan, on a suburban Athens street Sunday night, police said. Holm, who spent the night in a police station, was released by a court after being charged with manslaughter and speeding.   more...

 



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Ainslie in top spot

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Britain's Ben Ainslie has moved into pole position in sailing's Finn class after winning race six in Athens.

Ainslie sat in eighth position overnight, but he followed up this morning's fourth-place finish in race five, with his third victory of the regatta to move ahead of Spain's Rafael Trujillo.

The Britain, who won races three and four on Sunday to strengthen his claim for Athens gold, looked well of out of contention after a disastrous opening day, which saw him disqualified.

Ainslie becomes the third Team GB boat to lead their class on the Saronic Sea, following impressive early form from Shirley Robertson's crew in the Yngling keelboat class and Nick Rogers and Joe Glanfield in the 470 event.  more...

 



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Single-handed Dinghy Men – Finn - 8/15/2004

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Ben AINSLIE (GBR) – winner of races 3 and 4 On his performance: “Today was a better day for me. Yesterday was merely a disaster. What happened yesterday, made me angry and more determined. I now have my back to the wall, I have to make no mistakes and it will be a great challenge for me to overcome myself and claim a medal.”   more...

 



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Windsurfer Women – Mistral

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After almost an hour of waiting for the weather to settle in direction, the 26 nation Mistral fleet encountered its first introduction with the land wind in the Saronic Gulf, blowing at about 15 knots. Seeing the men’s race, it was quite obvious that the right hand side was favoured, so most competitors when that way.  more...

 



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