Finn ace Giles Scott was undoubtedly Great Britain's strongest medal hope for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. He was looking to scoop a gold medal and continue the British tradition of dominating the class, set by Sir Ben Ainslie, who won three of his four golds in the Finn (see First Olympic sailing medals decided in Weymouth and Ben Ainslie announces his Olympic retirement).

Giles Scott didn't disappoint. He won the event with a day to spare, showing just how dominant he has been in the class, despite it being his first Olympics.

 

Giles Scott - photo Richard Langdon/British Sailing Team.

Giles Scott - photo Richard Langdon/British Sailing Team.



 

Giles Scott lived for so long in Sir Ben Ainslie’s shadow. His fantastic results in 2011 would have seen him competing at the 2012 Olympic Games had he been sailing for pretty much any other country, but he’s waiting a long while to get his shot at glory. He was one of the first sailing athletes to be selected for the 2016 Olympic Games, and he has been unbeaten since April 2013.

Over that time has has notched up three world championship wins (he also won the 2012 worlds) in the class, and when he's not Finn sailing he's helping out Sir Ben with his British America's Cup Challenge.

 

 

Giles Scott; a potted history


The 20-year-old was born in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire and learnt to sail in an Optimist at Grafham Water. He soon progressed to the Topper, winning the national championship, and then moving onto the Laser Radial where he won a bronze medal at both the World and European Youth Championships.

Giles then moved into the Laser Standard and won the RYA Youth Championships and Trials in 2005, before going on to win gold at the ISAF World Youth Championships. Whilst studying at Southampton University, he continued his sailing in the Laser Standard, heading to the Worlds in 2007 where he finished seventh.

In 2006, Giles started sailing the Finn Olympic singlehanded dinghy. In his first year he finished 14th at the Worlds and progressed up the ranks quickly, winning both the 2011 European and World Championships (see Gold for Giles Scott in Perth – Ben Ainslie is disqualified). In the selection trials for the Team GBR spot at the London 2012 Olympics he pushed Ben Ainslie all the way, but missed out and had to wait another four years to hunt that elusive Olympic dream.

Unbeaten in the Finn since April 2013, Giles picked up seven consecutive regatta victories in 2014 and went on to win his second Finn world title. In 2015 he was unbeaten and his victories include gold at the Rio Olympic test event. He has also been racing with Ben Ainslie's America's Cup team.

Watch this interview with Giles during the ISAF world cup event in Hyeres in 2015.

 

 

We all know than no Olympic medal is certain, but Giles Scott looked in great shape to dominate in Brazil, so it wasn't a surprise that he took gold. Read the story from the event here.

His achievements in 2015 earned him a place on the shortlist for the 2015 boats.com Yachtsman of the Year Awards, which were announced in January 2016 (see Ian Walker voted boats.com YJA Yachtsman of the Year 2015).

Alongside his Olympic sailing, he has been a key member of Ben Ainslie's BAR Racing America's Cup team.

 

Giles Scott career highlights


2016: Rio Olympic Games Gold
2015: Finn World Champion
2015: Rio Olympic test event Gold
2014: Finn World Champion
2014: Finn European Champion
2011: Finn World Champion
2005: ISAF Youth World Laser Champion

 

Learn more about Sailing at the Olympics here. Giles has also been shortlisted for the 2016 boats.com YJA Yachtsman of the Year Award.

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