RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – Stu McNay ’05 and partner Dave Hughes finished an impressive fourth in the Men’s 470 Olympic class. Though it was mathematically impossible for McNay and Hughes to earn a place on the podium going into the medal race on Thursday, they gave it their all and finished second in the double-points race, defending their fourth place position.
McNay and Hughes focused primarily on their mental game going into the 2016 Olympic Games. They already had the speed and skills to medal. After all, they medaled at 16 world class events in the past four years, and they were both finalists for US Sailing’s Rolex Yachtsman of the Year in 2015. McNay’s third consecutive Games were by far his most competitive, and he is proud of his performance.
McNay told US Sailing: “We were fighting for the top spot on the podium at this event, which is all you can ask for as a competitor.”
He and Hughes found something “very special together as teammates,” and regardless of the result the past four years have been a thrilling ride.
Learn more about McNay’s races and Olympic sailing at http://www.nbcolympics.com/sailing.
Report filed by Isabelle Rossi de Leon, Yale Sports Publicity