Barker and Hiscocks talked to British 49er sailors, Ian Barker and Simon Hiscocks
mfs - How has the training and the build-up to the Games been going for you both? IB - It was fine, we spent a lot of time planning, and did everything we wanted to do and got all the equipment that we wanted in time, so it couldn’t have gone better. SH - It’s gone really well, we did a lot of training in the UK after the trials, followed by quite an intensive period of training after the Grand Prix event in Germany, which was our last regatta before coming here. We got a new boat and came out here at the end of August and did a lot of two boat tuning with Alistair Richards and Pete Greenhalgh, our training partners, and that helped us choose which boat to use. We chose the British-built Ovington in the end. We then concentrated on boat handling before the racing started and we’re really quite happy with how it’s all gone. mfs - This is your first Olympic Games for both of you, is it what you expected? IB - You can never know what it’s like to go the Athletes’ Village unless you’ve been there before. It was interesting more than anything. It was a bit of a freak show with people of funny shapes and sizes! The Opening Ceremony was definitely the highlight, walking out in front of 110,000 people is pretty special. Good fun really! SH - We were fairly well briefed about what was going to happen so in lots of ways, yes it was what we expected, but it’s still exciting. You try not to get too excited as you’ve got to concentrate on racing, but it’s good fun. mfs - How was it, going into your first race