Olympic scores Benjamin Bildstein and David Hussell are sailing again after a five-month hiatus. Now the 49er duo is on the road together again, and the focus has already been set on the 2024 Olympics in Paris. In the area in front of Marseille it is all about collecting as much data as possible for the big event in two good years, with an expanded team of coaches.
Double Olympic champion Roman Haggara works in technology, focusing on physical options and improving boat speed. Croatian Ivan Bolaja coordinates and takes care of each class, and Britain’s Paul Brotherton has appointed a new performance coach. “We analyzed every detail from our last campaign,” Bildstein said. “As the coaching team expands, we will be able to work on ourselves more intensely and specifically.”
In the south of France, work must be done on what the competition has achieved during the winter. “It’s mainly about technical aspects and materials,” said Team Hussle, who has taken a break with Bildstein since the World Championships sailed off Oman in November. Both focused on personal projects.
“I know what to do”
The sail and mast are new to the 49er class this year. In this regard, Hussle sees a potential advantage in starting the season late: “There were some ‘teething problems’ that we might have worked out ourselves.” Data from teammates Keanu Breitner and Jacob Flachberger can be used.
The camp is scheduled to last for two weeks. “We need as many hours of water as possible,” Hussle said. Prior to Marseille 2013, Bildstein/Husl were third until the penultimate day in their first 49 years together and in 2019 they finished second in the World Cup there. Bildstein: “But we remain in the present: we are focused, we know what needs to be done, and we work with complete commitment and utmost precision to prepare step-by-step for the Olympic Games.”
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