Battle of the Bulge
When the Olympic Star crew weight rule came into effect, it changed lives. For Magnus Liljedahl it meant an extreme diet to shed 30 pounds to reach 213 pounds to sail with Mark Reynolds in the 2000 Olympic campaign, which culminated in Gold. Liljedahl went into Star sailing retirement following the 2007 US Olympic Trials, when he and Mark Mendelblatt finished a disheartening third. Nonetheless, he celebrates his birthday in his hometown with his Star sailing buddies during the Bacardi Cup every year.
Peter Bromby stayed trim through the 2008 World Championships, in Miami, with the hope of winning an Olympic berth. Most thought he would, but it didn’t happen. Bromby said “It’s not the worst thing in the world. It will give me the opportunity to spend time with my family and focus on my business.”
Like Liljedahl, he did just that, but this year the two have got together and are leading the Bacardi Cup with second places in races 2 and 3, average points for race 1, which gives them another 2nd in that race, and a bullet in race 4. Looks like a bit of weight has gone back on in this pic from the organizers. And look,here’s NASCAR driver Tony Stewart sailing with some biker dude! More here.