well - what about say Australia and Netherlands medals?Spoke to a guy last night who was on the US sailing team in years past and he told me there is only one reason why UK is winning and US is not and it is lottery funding.
And even if it was true (which I dont believe it is) - it is just not all that helpful an observation because it is not a realistic path forward for USSailing to get huge government hand-out (our tax and powerball money should be put to better purposes).
USSailing should ofc look for more funding - if they wanted to follow the 'flood it with cash' strategy . . . . they could aim to find 4 rich guys to give them $5m/year each - would be a drop in the bucket for some of the billionaires. But if they want to accomplish that they need different staff - some guys with rolodexes and closing skills - which they have never had. They dont know how to do this.
But money is just a facilitator - it seems pretty obvious that they dont know how to recruit and they dont know how to coach - money thrown against a lack of skill and knowledge is just a waste. You can build champions without boat loads of money - yea sure it is harder.
Just looking at the UK money and saying 'we cant win because we dont have their lottery money' is simply defeatist - it is NOT how a winning organization would look at it - a winning organization would find a way to win - it is what champions do.
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