Return of the sailing giant pt 2


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Dean Brenner on the US Olympic team's new selection process and their development program
This article follows on from part 1 here   Brenner says that for philosophical reasons they will never provide 100% of a sailor’s budget. “I am a firm believer that you have to own your own success, whatever you are doing in life. Whether it is business or sailing or whatever, if you don’t have skin in the game, have ownership of the outcome, sweat equity, you aren’t going to care as much. It is just human nature. Our target is to give our sailors most of what they need, but they have to fight and scratch and claw for the rest. We think it breeds a tougher mentality and I want them all when they are on the water to look around and feel like they worked harder to be there than anyone else, because that gives you a confidence in that final moment, that you are in charge of your own destiny. The sailor who have been handed everything, that sailor, while a finely conditioned athlete, maybe isn’t as mentally strong.” To help sailors stand on their own two feet in the US, they also have to manage their own campaigns. For example while coaches and shipping are paid centrally, sailors are given their budget cheque and it is up to them to manage it. “Take this amount of resource and translate it into success on the water – figure it out, or we can help you figure it out,” says Brenner. “Potential donors in America are less interested unless that is the case. Americans don’t like a welfare system, When I am out there raising money, you are not funding a coddled professional team.” Compared to the old way things were run, a lot more of the logistical side of the US’ team Olympic campaigns are now run centrally. Brenner cites

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