Kristin Wagner, AnnHöll and VeronikLochbrunner slowly came out of the starting blocks at the beginning of their Olympic campaign. They placed themselves behind the team of Nadine Stegenwalner and Ulrike Schümann and watched as their opponents collected the medals at the important regattas for the Olympic ticket
But they got better and better, kept their nerve, continued to work with concentration and when it got really important they struck. The sailors from the Bavarian Yacht Club won the elimination with surprisingly clear results and, thanks to their consistent results in the top of the world, rose to second place in the world rankings.
At the last two world championships they finished fourth and fifth and thus showed more consistency than the majority of their competition. They have recently made great strides, especially in the technical field. They shone with excellent speed. In doing so, they guard their developments like trade secrets from the eyes of the competition. However, they shouldn't have a "hula" like Team New Zealand at the America's Cup.
In general, a lot is possible in the class on the front seats. The last results of all 16 teams showed a large spread. Decided about the medals minimal point spacing. Clearly superior favorites, as in many other classes, do not exist.
Even if the British women are to be given great opportunities. Shirley Robertson won gold in Syndney in Europe and then switched. She knows how to do it. The team won in Hyères and at the Pre Olympics 2003 fell to 16th place at the last World Cup. It is superior in strong winds. The weaknesses are less pressure.
In addition, the Danes around Dorte Jensen are favorites. The world number one took second and third place at the last world championships. In addition to a few slumps in smaller regattas, they were always fully there at the top events. In the meantime they have their weak winds more or less under control.
In light winds, the Dutch women are very strong. If, on the other hand, only the Meltemi blows, the New Zealander Sharon Ferris can also be expected far ahead.