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Ten things we learned from Tokyo 2020

Written by 10th August 2021 Featured-post, Tokyo 2020

Tokyo 2020 might be done and dusted but its legacy will live on. Here’s ten things we learned from this incredible Olympics.

1. Hannah Mills is now not only the world’s greatest female Olympic sailor, she’s also the most successful Welsh female Olympian of all time.

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2. In the history of the 49er class at the Olympics there have never been British gold medallists… until now. Take a bow, Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell.

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3. John Gimson and Anna Burnet’s journey to Olympic silver in the Nacra 17 was one of dedication, tenacity and pure passion. It was also one of love.

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4. You can win an Olympic medal if you just keep smiling. Just ask Emma Wilson. We should all be a bit more like Emma.

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5. There are very few families in which both parent and child have won Olympic gold medals. Eilidh McIntyre and her dad Mike are part of a very special tribe.

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6. Giles Scott will forever be the reigning Finn Olympic champion, as the class bows out of the Games after 69 years.

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7. Slush Puppy Man (as described by Emma Wilson on BBC Breakfast) is better known as Ian White, physiologist with the British Sailing Team. Ian masterminded the team’s heat strategy, which involved eating slushies to stay cool.

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8. Ian’s Insights were a big hit. If you’d like to see more of Ian Walker on our channels, let us know by commenting on our posts.

9. Mount Fuji is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful sights, especially at sunset.

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10. The Japanese were incredible hosts – friendly, kind and welcoming. The British Sailing Team will forever have a deep bond with the people of Japan, especially those in our host town Hayama. Arigatou, Japan.

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