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olympic sailing2012 Olympic sailing fast facts

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Dates: July 28 – August 11, 2012
Gold medals in contention: 10
Athletes in competition: 380

Sailing has always been a romantic sport.

It's men (and women!) against the elements in wind driven boats trying to tame the gusts or pull a breeze from a calm make it to the finish.

Modern sailing has not lost the mystery, but the newer designs of sails and hulls combine with modern synthetic materials to create lighter and less fragile boats.

No matter the method of sailing, the sheer thrills remain.

True measures of both brain and brawn, Olympic sailing competitions include dinghy, keelboat, and match racing - as well as the exciting thrills and spills of windsurfing, introduced at the Los Angeles Games in 1984.

More about Olympic sailing around the Web:

International Sailing Federation - This special section of the ISAF site is dedicated to archiving the Summer Olympics, plus a history of Olympic sailing, and first-rate coverage of this year's events.

US Sailing - Focus on the USA sailing and racing. Great articles and excellent Olympics section added to the other sailing competitions and related offerings make this a top contender for the best views of the Olympics races.

BBC Olympics - Sailing - History of sailing, venues and more in this comprehensive guide to Olympic sailing competitions.


also see in Recreation -> Yachting & Sailing


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