Heading to an impressive fourth Olympic Games is windsurfer Jessica Crisp. Competing in the Mistral class at the Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 Games, Crisp finished fifth and sixth respectively. She then finished fifth again at the Beijing 2008 Games, where the RS:X class was contested.
Jessica Crisp will be looking to improve on her top five finishes and will be eyeing a medal on the Weymouth course where she finished eighth at the 2011 Test Event.
“I’m excited to be heading to my fourth Games,” 42-year-old Crisp said. “I’ve upped my training load since the Worlds and I’m focused on chasing down that medal that has eluded me so far.”
Crisp will spend the best part of the next six months training with the top women in her sport over in Europe, working on her performance in cold and windy conditions that will prepare her for the Weymouth environment.
“For me it’s a real mental game,” Crisp said of the tough 10-day windsurfing competition. “I came pretty close to a medal last time and since then I have been working a lot on my mind and learning how to perform at my best all the time. The Olympics require extreme mental endurance and I’m just trying to make the best of myself and be ready for it.”
Further athlete selections in the other Olympic classes to the sailing section of the Team will take place in May. In particular, the nomination process continues in Women’s Match Racing and there is strong competition between the talented crews vying for one Olympic spot.
Sailing at the London 2012 Olympic Games will take place from Sunday 29 July – Saturday 11 August in Weymouth and Portland, approximately three hours south of London.
Athletes selected to the sailing section of the 2012 Australian Olympic Team:
Mathew Belcher 470 29 Gold Coast, QLD Gold Coast, QLD
Malcolm Page 470 39 Sydney, NSW Sydney, NSW
Nathan Outteridge 49er 25 Newcastle, NSW Lake Macquarie, NSW
Iain Jensen 49er 23 Belmont, NSW Lake Macquarie, NSW
Tom Slingsby Laser 27 Gosford, NSW Gosford, NSW
Jessica Crisp RS:X 42 Sydney, NSW Sydney, NSW