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August 2012

Giles Scott (GBR)

 Nomination
Ben Ainslie’s training partner signed off his 2012 Olympic Finn campaign in eloquent style by beating his outstanding rival into 2nd place in the UK Finn championships, having slotted in the 2011 Finn Gold Cup very gracefully following Ainslie’s fracas in Perth. Now racing AC45s, Scott’s main Finn rivals for Rio 2016 already look likely to be previous Gold Cup holder Ed Wright and fellow GBR rising-star Andrew Mills
 Why they won
Was there ever a better example of the flaw in the one sailor per country rule for the Olympic Regatta? Scott won the UK Finn title this year and then dominated a windy Sail for Gold at the 2012 Olympic venue. Scott vs Ainslie offers a fascinating parallel with Cam Lewis vs John Bertrand 30 years ago; the taller, bigger pretender easing past the favourite – particularly when it blows. At least the lanky Scott at 25 has a few more Olympics left in him.