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Sailing boss willing to help other sports
Miles Godfrey
17:05 AEST Sun Aug 12 2012

Australian sailing team boss Peter Conde says he'll willingly help the nation's underperforming Olympians improve in time for Rio.

But he's not about to publicly share the top secret information and techniques that lay behind the sailors' unprecedented success at the London Games.

The sailors won three gold medals and one silver in Weymouth to be easily the nation's most successful athletes.

The performance was even sweeter because they finished top of the sailing medal table and ahead of Great Britain, who've been the world's No.1 sailing nation since the Sydney Games.

Compare that to some of Australia's other sportsmen and women, who underperformed in London, and you can see why other sports administrators are already asking for Conde's help.

"I guess we're willing to share with other Australian sports," Conde said.

"But we're not too willing to share things publicly because we've developed some intellectual property that we think is quite valuable."

That intellectual property includes a raft of computer programmes and analytical tools that were used to enhance the Australia sailors' performance in Weymouth.

There is a large staff of backroom experts and a roster of vastly experienced coaches - none of which is unusual in elite sport but which the sailing team made full use of.

"I can't comment on what we do differently to other teams but I do know we have incredible attention to detail," Conde continued.

"It's hard to make it all work but when it does it's pretty magical."

The victories in Weymouth included gold for Laser class superstar Tom Slingsby.

Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen won the 49er skiff gold medal, and Malcolm Page and Mathew Belcher took the men's 470 gold.

It was a special victory for Page, who was competing at his last Olympics, and earned him the honour of carrying Australia's flag during the Games closing ceremony.

The women's match racing team had to settle for silver after a tough final against Spain.

The Australian tally of three golds was on a par with the pre-Games target.

Great Britain, by contrast won just one gold medal - with Ben Ainslie taking out the Finn class to confirm himself as the most successful Olympic sailor in history.

Conde, who spent much of the time before the Olympics playing down his nation's rivalry with Great Britain couldn't resist gloating just a bit after topping the medal table.

"If you think back to Sydney in 2000 the Brits came and rained on our parade as sailors and was the top nation," he added.

"So I think it's fitting that we returned serve here."

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