Olympics Morning Launch, Day 9- Medal Race Strategy
With hardware on the line and double points at stake, sailing strategy takes on new forms during medal races.
In preliminary events leading up to the 2008 Beijing Games, the Olympic sailing format changed to include medal races in the fleet racing format, introducing a final, double-points race to determine the final standings for each fleet. This introduction created a need for a new kind of strategy, different from fleet racing to accomodate the higher stakes.
US Sailing High Team’s Performance Director Charlie McKee never sailed in an Olympic medal race himself (he won bronze in Seoul in 1988 and bronze in Sydney in 2000), but he now assists the American coaching staff in a number of ways, including strategizing approaches for medal race competition.