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Sailing: British Yngling sailors ready for Gold
The first Team GB sailors go into action at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games tomorrow with Yngling (women’s keelboat) one of the first to get underway when the Olympic regatta kicks off in Qingdao.
The trio of Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson will head into the 15-boat Yngling event as the double World, European and Pre-Olympic Test Event Champions, and are arguably Britain’s strongest sailing gold medal prospects.
“I can’t wait,” said Ayton. “It is going to be a tricky event but we really suit the conditions there so we’re all looking forward to getting on the water and getting started.
Webb, who along with Ayton and Shirley Robertson, won gold in the Yngling in Athens, is adamant that the trio’s strong teamwork is, and will be, the key to their Olympic success.
“I don’t think we could be better as a team to be honest, we complement each other in everything we do and we’re so completely supportive of each other.
“We’re all completely different but I think that’s what makes a really successful team. We’ve all got the common goal [of Olympic gold] but we go about achieving it in very different ways which means we’re bringing out the best in each other.”
For Olympic first-timer Wilson, 22, it’s all about staying grounded and treating the Games just like any other event.
“I’ve never been involved in an Olympics before but we’ve been to China three or four times now and it’s less of a culture shock.
“The event will obviously be an amazing experience and that’s what keeps us going every day, and every day we have trained as if we are sailing in the Olympics so hopefully it won’t be too much of a difference. It’s really exciting!”
Louise Hudson, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine