Olympic update part 2: Team GBR


Richard Langdon / Team GBR
RYA Olympic Manager Stephen Park guides us through the latest incarnation of Team GBR
This article follows on from Wednesday's Olympic update Into year two of the Olympic cycle ramping up towards Rio 2016, Team GBR is looking in good shape, despite some of the big names such as Ben Ainslie and Iain Percy now fully immersed in their respective America’s Cup campaigns. Rolling through the 10 classes, Team GBR continues to rule the waves in the Finn, despite the departure of Ainslie. As Olympic Manager Stephen Park says of his squad in the heavyweight men's singlehander: “Giles Scott is back with a vengeance and we still have a relative embarrassment of riches.” In a clear oversight on the part of the Brits, Brazil managed to win the Finn Gold Cup last year in Tallinn with young second generation Finn sailor Jorge Zarif coming out on top. However during the Copa Brasil de Vela held in Rio in January, the three top Brits – Giles Scott, Andrew Mills and Mark Andrews managed to occupy the entire podium beating Zarif on his home waters. While Scott is now the dominant force in the Finn, back from America’s Cup duty with Luna Rossa, Mills and Andrews are also both regularly podiuming in the class. “They are not along for the ride,” as Park succinctly puts it. In the Laser, Park is keeping his fingers crossed that Beijing 2008 gold medallist Paul Goodison decides to make a comeback after a devasting back injury put him out of the running at London 2012. “From my perspective it would be great if he did get back in a Laser and give himself the opportunity to have a serious campaign, particularly after his disappointment in 2012, to put that right in Rio. But the level of sacrifice and commitment is significant and he is doing a lot of sailing in a

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