August 8 U.S. Olympic Sailing Team News
Men's Laser athlete Charlie Buckingham rose as high as 10th during his opening race, but eventually finished 21st before bouncing back with a 7th in the second race. "I'm definitely sailing well, and I'm fast," said the two-time U.S. College Sailing of the Year, who is coached by two-time Olympic Champion and three-time medalist Mark Reynolds (San Diego, Calif.). "I just have to go back out and do it again tomorrow. I survived the day and am feeling good."
Pedro Pascual, the U.S. Men's RS:X representative, finished mid-fleet in his three races on Monday. "At first it felt a little bit overwhelming, just seeing all these people and all these cameras," said the first-time Olympian and Florida Atlantic University student. "As the day went by, you just get used to it. It's been a tough day for me, and it hasn't gone my way. But it's the first day of the Olympic Games, and tomorrow will be my day." Pascual said his comfort level with the Games atmosphere would only increase as the event went on. "I was just trying to focus on my technique and tactics, and trying to leave everything [else] on the side, all the cameras, and everything that goes into Olympic racing. I was just trying to do my best."