|Percy and Simpson among first to be selected for London 2012|
London, 20th September 2011 - Today sailing became the first Olympic sport to have officially selected any of its athletes for London 2012. Double Olympic champion Iain is aiming for a third Olympic gold and second in partnership with Andrew.
“That’s the first hurdle over, but really ever since Beijing we’ve been focusing on 29 July 2012 and all the hard work over the past few years has been to make sure we’re in the best possible shape come that day. “I’m really proud to be representing Team GB at my fourth Olympics. It’s every athlete’s dream to win an Olympic medal at home – it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity, so we’ll be giving it our all to be up there on the podium again next year.”
“It’s a real privilege and a special moment to be selected for the London 2012 Games, but selection alone is not enough – it’s just a means to an end. We want to be there on the startline in 2012 with a real shot at retaining our gold, so everything we’ve been working on since Beijing 2008 has been geared to towards optimising our racing, our equipment and ourselves towards the challenges we expect from Weymouth as a venue.
GB 2012 Olympic sailing team:
Finn: Ben Ainslie
Star: Iain Percy, Andrew Simpson
Laser: Paul Goodison
Women's 470: Hannah Mills, Saskia Clark Elliott
6m: Lucy Macgregor, Kate Macgregor, Annie Lush
RS X (Women): Bryony Shaw
RS X (Men): Nick Dempsey
49er: To be decided
Men's 470: To be decided Laser Radial: To be decided