Keep doing what you are doing
As we are now less than 106 days from the Olympic Games and 139 days from the Paralympic Games, we start to check off the goals we set four years ago for our development and training. For every event we compete in this year, we immediately compare ourselves to the competition we will meet at the Games. Our end goal is to win as many medals as possible at the Games in August and September, and we have a solid plan in place to see our athletes peak at the right time.
Many times we compete in one event and it goes not go as well as we had hoped. For many, that will result in making a lot of drastic changes and doing things you would not normally do. This is our biggest risk – starting to sway from the routine and get on a slippery slope for the remaining few months. We need to keep doing what we are doing, as our plan works. Of course, many times you keep doing what you are doing – and you will keep getting what you are getting, meaning getting the same results as always. While this is true in life, in Olympic sailing, the results margins are so small in every class. In some classes we have to get better at executing the plan and take charge of those things we can control. Over the next events we will work on doing just that.
Following an extensive, laid-out plan, we still have some equipment choices to make in some classes, while other athletes are done with their testing. Each athlete has a goal date to complete this process in advance of the Games.
At the recent World Cup in Palma, Spain, we took home two medals: a gold medal in Women’s Match Racing and a silver medal in the Finn. In the Laser and 2.4mR we were close with two 4th place finishes.
The next few months will see the World Cup in Hyeres, France, many class World Championships, and the Sail for Gold regatta in Weymouth. We are looking to finalize our plan over these next events and make sure that we can travel to the Games having medal potential in several classes. We have been working hard over the last four years to put a plan together where our sailors will peak at the right time. Of course we go into every regatta wanting to win and we are disappointed when we don’t. We will keep working hard on achieving our goals and have everything come together.
US Sailing High Performance Director/Head Coach
Excerpted from The Medalist newsletter, April 2012