Long road to London 2012


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British 49er hope Stevie Morrison on his progress towards London 2012
While a number of selections for Skandia Team GBR have now been made, a question mark still remains over who will get the London 2012 slot among the last few – the 470 Men, the Laser Radial and the 49er. Each of these has their own unique set of reasons why selection remains undecided. In the 49er the situation has been a little like the Finn class, where there have been some a lot of talent teams gunning for the slot, however there has not been the consistency of Ben Ainslie, Giles Scott and Ed Wright. Over this last cycle Britain’s leading 49er teams have had the habit of getting into the medal race (ie in the top 10) but not reaching the podium. Medals have been won, but rarely by the same team more than once. For example the young talented John Pink/Rick Peacock won in Miami this year; Chris Draper and Pete Greenhalgh looked good in 2010, winning the Europeans and coming second at Princess Sofia; Dylan Fletcher/Alain Sign put in the best performance at the class’ last World Championship in Freeport, Bahamas in January 2010; Paul Brotherton and Mark Asquith were second in Miami this year and last year won in Hyeres. In comparison Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes, who represented Team GBR in Beijing, podiumed three times in six regattas during 2010 (all bronzes). Their break came when they went into Skandia Sail for Gold this year on a high immediately coming from a win at the Delta Lloyd Regatta. This in turn earned them the berth at August’s Olympic test event in Weymouth where they came home a close, but not close enough, fourth. According to Morrison they have learned their lesson from Beijing in 2008. Going into that regatta they were the favourites, but failed to perform on

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