Exmouth sailor Stevie Morrison has eyes for Rio in 2016
PUBLISHED: 22:46 24 July 2013 | UPDATED: 22:46 24 July 2013
© Richard Langdon
Twelve months ago Exmouth’s Stevie Morrison competed at his second Olympics, sailing with Ben Rhodes in the 49er event where they finished fifth after a tough battle against injury and selection, writes Mark Briggs.
Morrison says: “I wouldn’t change the fact we were involved last year for all the world. The vibe around the whole thing during the Olympics was very exciting and as athletes, although you do try to draw on some of that, you can’t let it get into your thoughts too much so you have to lock yourself away in the team bubble a bit.
“It was in ways a frustrating games for us, we didn’t have the best of starts but we did a good job of fighting back. It was like Super Mario where you have to avoid the banana skins, we seemed to land on each one. If we hadn’t had a capsize early in the regatta, when we dropped from something like fifth to 17th in that race, we would have won bronze.
“You set yourself a goal, and an Olympic medal has been our realistic goal for six years, and it didn’t happen so it’s gutting. I didn’t go to any parties or parades, and I won’t wear the tracksuit. In many ways you try to forget you’ve done it.
“It’s hard because a lot of your friends and family are so proud of you, but we’ve had a good career so far so you set yourself high standards. I can’t celebrate just going to an Olympics”.
Morrison also reflected on the closing ceremony, saying: “At the Closing Ceremony I had a really surreal moment when I was asked to hold the end of Mo Farah’s flag while he went around and got everyone to sign it. I kept looking at him thinking I’ve seen you do amazing things on TV and now I’m standing here holding your flag?!’ Yep, we definitely missed out on a great party!
“Straight away after the Games we were very keen to do it again for Rio. We felt that we hadn’t fulfilled our potential.”