Part Two: Interview With US Olympic Sailing’s Dean Brenner

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We previously posted a Scuttlebutt interview with US Olympic Sailing Chairman Dean Brenner. Here’s part two of the interview. You can read the rest of the interview over at Sailing Scuttlebutt.

* Any problems leading up to the event that may have affected results?

None. We spent significant time here over the past four years to understand
the venue. We got here on July 17, a full ten days before the regatta.
There was no jetlag. Everyone was rested and ready. There were no equipment
problems. We were comfortable here. We had our routine. I believe our
lead-in plan covered all the bases, and I have gotten no indication that we
made any errors in this plan.

* Performance is the bottom line, and the team did not perform very well.
What happens now?

Here is what’s happening. As is customary after each Olympics, an
independent panel review will take a look at what we are doing. This is
being headed by US Sailing President Gary Jobson and my successor Josh
Adams, who are now organizing the panel, and it is the intent of this
process to determine what changes might be needed.

There is going to be a lot of analysis of what we did right and wrong, and
that’s okay. That’s healthy. But it’s also going to be possible to
overreact. You can do a lot of things right and still not win your regatta.
I think we were good enough in a lot of classes, but at these Games, we
didn’t get it done.

I am not sure what we would have done differently, but I can share some
things that kept us off the podium. First off, in about half the events, we
were a long shot at best. So to say we did not win medals in any of the ten
events is correct, but we weren’t expected to either. To say that we failed
in those classes, at the Olympics, is unfair. The surprises for us were to
fail in the Women’s Match Race, Finn, Laser Radial, and Women’s 470. We
also thought our 49er team was capable of more, though by no means they
were not a strong medal contender.

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