Speaking on Newstalk's Off The Ball radio programme last night Olympic silver medal winner Annalise Murphy explained the difference between now and the London Games was the amount of time she spent studying the course in Rio. The National Yacht Club sailor explained this gave her an advantage over competitors who hadn't been familiar with conditions in Guanabara Bay. She also says her memory for course configurations on the Bay also helped her enormously.
"I'd come in from sailing and I'd draw out all the race courses, what was working and what wasn't. We did like a pros and cons of each of the courses, where you would get caught out and where we could make gains. Then, I printed them all off and laminated them to bring them all out. Everyday before racing we could go through each of the race courses and look at what was going to come up on the day. That's how I think I ended up with this medal."
A podcast of the radio show is on the Newstalk website here.
Annalise Murphy will be given a civic reception tomorrow in Dun Laoghaire. Details here.