out with grace
Genny Tulloch wraps it up her Olympic campaign…
I’m not going to lie, it is very hard to write this email, as we are still incredibly disappointed. But we are exceptionally proud of our US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider teammates Anna, Molly, and Debbie, for winning the US Women’s Match Racing Olympic Trials. We would like to congratulate them on securing their berth to the Olympic Games. As the current World Champions and #1 ISAF World-ranked women’s match race team, they are a wonderful team to represent the US and we hope they bring home the Gold.
However, it’s been a pretty tough couple of days for our team after losing our own chance to qualify when we lost a very closely fought semi-final battle against Sally Barkow, Elizabeth Kratzig-Burnham, and Alana O’Reilly. We had a very close series, initially leading 3-2 after the first day, then going up 4-2, then losing the last races and ultimately the series 6-4. The score line really doesn’t reflect how close of a battle we had. In each race that we lost (except for one) we were overlapped or within a boat-length at the finish line, and there were lead-changes in almost every race. As a team we fought our hardest, and while the dice did not roll our way, we are very proud of our accomplishments and our teamwork, tenacity, and dedication over the past 3 years. Like we said in an interview yesterday, our path to the Olympics in this class against these American teams was like a dream of climbing Everest. And while we may not have made it to the top, the journey was equally important.
We have many, many people to thank for helping us every step of the way, from our families (in blood, marriage, and housing), to our friends, coaches, training partners, teammates, sponsors, and yacht clubs. We’d also like to thank the regatta organizers, race committee, and umpire team for running a great and, most importantly, fair Trials event this week. There was a huge US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider presence here, and we especially owe you all a big thank you for all of the support this week and over the past couple of years. Last but not least, a huge thanks to those sending their support from overseas, and those individuals and groups who have helped us monetarily throughout our campaign, including the St. Francis Yacht Club Foundation, the Olympic Sailing Association at New Orleans, the Ragnot Amateur Sailing Association, and the Chicago Match Race Center.
Although this portion of the journey has come to an end for us, we are all better, stronger individuals and friends because of it. We are looking forward to whatever the future holds and will be cheering loudly for Team USA in August. Go for the Gold!
All the best,