What it Takes
"The key is not the will to win; everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important."
365 Days a Year
This year we will spend 300 days training, racing, traveling and maintaining our boat. Every day, including those days that we are not with our boat or are traveling to it, our lives are structured around being the best competitors possible. There is no day job for us. Medal winners must be professionals.
On The Water
Any sailor will tell you that the only way to get better is time on the water and any Olympian will tell you that time is the most valuable resource you have. Our lives center around creating opportunities to get on the water and making a plan to maximize training time. We practice as often as we can, averaging five days on the water a week. Each day we specify our training goal and whether working with our training partners, coaches, or alone, work to execute it as efficiently as possible.
When we hit the dock, we don't stop pushing ourselves towards an Olympic gold. We spend hours after on-the-water-training and races reviewing video footage and studying speed theory. In a sport with so many uncontrollable factors, physical fitness is something we can control, and we do so by putting in gym time on a daily basis. We work with a team of coaches, trainers, physical therapists, and nutritionists to make sure that when we do get to the starting line, we are smart, strong, fueled up, and ready to race.