Upbeat Shaw Hails Teammate Dempsey
1:44pm 8th August 2012
Bryony Shaw missed out on repeating her Olympic medal-winning exploits of four years ago but immediately paid tribute to British windsurfing teammate, Nick Dempsey, who won RS:X class silver at Weymouth and Portland yesterday (Tuesday 7 August).
Shaw, who won bronze at Beijing 2008, went into today’s double points’ medal race in seventh position but still with a shot of staking a late claim for silverware, if she could win the race and the girls ahead of her in the standings finished down the fleet.
Unfortunately the 29-year-old, who endured a tough start to the year with a persistent chest infection hampering her training, couldn’t quite maintain the pace that she showed in the early stages of today’s race to finish her London 2012 campaign in seventh place.
Although admitting she was “gutted” to miss out on a medal herself, Shaw immediately hailed the achievement of teammate Dempsey, who had earlier won Britain’s third sailing medal of these Olympics.
Shaw said: “It was a fantastic race for Nick, I’m really pleased for him. We work alongside each other and push each other. We have very similar programmes and he’s worked really hard for that so congratulations. He did a great job.
“It was tricky in this type of wind. I put in my best race I could but it was not to be a medal this time. To not come away with a medal I’m gutted but I’ve enjoyed the journey. Each day you have to be positive. My penultimate day where I won a race, I think my positive attitude got me to that point and I really enjoyed that race.
“It’s been a tough year. I’ve had a bit of illness and not been able to physically prepare like I would have liked to. Probably three months out of eight I have basically had to rest and recover, which is a bit of a shame and not ideal preparation.
“I’m not as physically fit as I’d like to have been. My forearms gave up in that race. It hasn’t been the best series for me but I’m happy to be coming out with a smile on my face and an acceptance of where I am at. It’s been a great four years, me and my coach, Dom, have worked really hard and it’s been a great journey.”
Bryony also revealed that some 30-40 friends and family had gathered on the Nothe spectator course to watch her racing and support her to the end of the regatta.
She added: “It’s just so great to feel their support. I’d like to say a huge thank you to those guys and all the messages I’ve had on Facebook and Twitter. Windsurfing is such a great life, I’m going back home to a great life and it’s not all heartache that I haven’t got a medal here.
“My job today was super tough. The stars needed to align and unfortunately the other girls put in a great week and that’s hats off to them.”