This is dedicated to the Danish 49’er team, who after the most dramatic 24 hours in the Danish history of the Olympics, finally had their gold medals confirmed.
This is just a low-res. picture taken a couple of years ago of an IMX match-race held off the coast of Bornholm. It has nothing to do with the very light 49’ers competing in the Olympics. It is, however, the only sailsport photo I’ve got.
After 12 preliminary races the Danes were 1st. On the way out to the start of the final so-called medal-race, which is a final between the best 10 boats, their mast broke. They desperately headed back to port while the 9 others made a start in very rough weather. They borrowed the Croatian boat (thanks awfully from the whole of Denmark, Croatia), races out to make a start just within the time limit and started the troublesome hunt for the others. As mentioned, the weather was quite nasty on the light craft, and every boat capsized at least once.
In some way, the Danish team managed to finish as no. 7, which was enough to hold the accumulated first place.
As if this wasn’t troublesome enough, there were several protests after the race. Some of these were quite understandable, the ones complaining about the harsh weather conditions. While others, complaints on the Danish team using another boat than their own, to us show a great lack of Olympic spirit and sportsmanship.
Fortunately the committee rejected all protests, and the much earned gold medals were safe in the hands of the Danish team. This was, however, not decided until this morning, 24 hours after the race, and the two young lads, Martin Kirketerp and Jonas Warrer had a terrible night.