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August 2008

29th August 2008

Olympic Sailing Report

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Having finally arrived home from China I am now able to look back on the last 3 weeks and update you all on how it went, reflecting on my experiences at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

 Qingdao - Olympic sailing venueThe venue was incredible, much had been written about the wind conditions and the algae, one of which had been removed and the other, well it was the same for everyone so little point in complaining about the light winds. The Olympic village is a 5-star hotel facility on site at the marina in Qingdao (pronounced ching dow). The countries were all allocated separate areas for their team’s dinghies and boats adjacent to the support containers (a mobile workshop and an air-conditioned rest and changing area). Security was extremely tight and very similar to airport checks for personnel and baggage every time anyone entered, passes had to be worn at all times and I even had a daily colour (red, white or blue) to wear. It all felt rather familiar to the good old RN!

27th August 2008

Peter in Beijing - Celebrating Olympic Gold in Style

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I hope you enjoyed the race! I’ve spoken to lots of people since then that have told me they were on the edge of their seats and screaming at the television, so I hope you’ve recovered from the shock and thanks for the help!

The 11 days since the race have rushed by in a whirlwind. Immediately we stepped off the medal podium the madness started and it’s barely stopped since. That night we were taken into a press conference at the Olympic Village that started at 11pm and finished about 3am. I received personal congratulations from the 1st Sea Lord, and then of course there was the interview with Gaby Logan where slow-mo footage of Hodgey telling me he loved me was played to ‘Je t’aime’ – I haven’t been allowed to forget that since.

I managed to catch some athletics at the Bird’s Nest (what a stadium!), some wrestling (where I felt small) and the modern pentathlon (where I saw our girl Heather Fell get a silver).

10th August 2008

3 Weeks Leave - Bring It on ….

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August 2008

All of 3 Commando Brigade got 3 weeks leave, which is awesome as pretty much everyone has had their fill of training for Afghanistan.  It’s important to get a balance to keep yourself sane!

So in the interests of that sanity I’m off to America for almost the whole leave period.

7th August 2008

Peter in Beijing - Olympic Games

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I think that throughout history, every athlete at every Olympic Games will have wanted to crawl under a rock and hide until it’s all over at some point in their preparation. It is difficult not to when you know how big and important one race is. Whether it is 9.7 seconds or 2.5 hours long, you know that other people who are the best in their country, at the peak of their form, are trying to take what you want most in the world; the one thing that you have been working so hard for, for more than 4 years.  PeteReedCaversham

4th August 2008

The Olympics Are Almost Here!

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 focussed trainingUpdate 24 Jul 08

 I’ve just got back from my European Championships where despite a disappointing end result I had a really successful period.  The event was held in Nieuwpoort , Belgium and I decided to attend despite its proximity to the Games due to it being a very tidal venue and therefore good China training.  We were hoping for a few days of light winds to give us ideal China conditions however it blew really hard pretty much the entire 2 weeks I was there!  This wasn’t all bad as it means I got some valuable strong wind practice in and build some really good endurance into my legs should we get so wind at the Games.  I also demonstrated some excellent boat speed in the strong winds against not only my fellow Games competitors but also against the bigger girls who have missed out on selection this time round.  After a week of successful training pre-event with my long standing training partner, Andrea Brewster, I started the event with some very specific goals rather than an overall performance goal.