It's hard to compete in a home Olympics and miss out on the medals, especially when your eye was on gold, but Bryony Shaw has shown she isn't one to give up. Despite her disappointment in London 2012, when she was selected for the 2016 Olympic Games, she was ready to power ahead with her Olympic dreams. It wasn't the first time she'd had to cope with disappointment.

Bryony Shaw wins gold at the 2015 RS:X Europeans.

Bryony Shaw won gold at the 2015 RS:X Europeans, as well as silver at the 2015 worlds, following it with a silver at the 2016 worlds, gold in Miami and silver in Hyeres.


Bryony's first Olympics

Bryony Shaw was bitterly disappointed when she narrowly missed out on selection for the 2004 Olympics, and had to wait a further four years for her Olympic debut. In Beijing she was delighted to win bronze, having trimmed down for the light wind venue. It was Britain’s first women’s windsurfing medal, and she was looking to add to that with an even better result in Weymouth. To finish seventh was bitterly disappointing, but since then she has been consistently strong, which shows in her ranking as the world's number one. She finished second in both the 2015 and 2016 world championships, and has posted a number of world cup wins, putting herself in a strong position ahead of the 2016 Games.


Bryony Shaw at a glance

World ranking: 1
Age: 37
Born: 28/04/83, Wandsworth
Nickname: Britney, Brownie
Started sailing: Aged nine in southern France on a family holiday
Strength: A good all round sailor, best when there are a mix of wind conditions
Weakness: Sailing upwind in a steep chop
Previous Olympics: 2008, 2012
Career highs: Bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics
Sporting heroes: Kelly Slater
Other interests: Golf, surfing, snowboarding

Read our medal predictions and our guide to the Rio 2016 Olympics as well as our overall Olympic sailing guide.


Written by: Gael Pawson
Gael Pawson is the editor of Yachts & Yachting Magazine and the founder of Creating Waves. A keen racer, she has sailed all her life, and started writing about the subject whilst studying journalism at university. Dinghies and small keelboats are her first loves, but she has cruised and raced a huge variety of boats in locations across the world.