Let Them Eat Our Wake
Here’s a perspective on this home advantage kerfuffle from a guy who’s been there -- Paul Henderson, the former Olympic sailor and longtime international sailing pooh-bah.
Henderson wrote in an email this morning …
I am so proud that Vancouver 2010 is giving our athletes, within the rules, a "Home Court Advantage".
I want to throw up when I here the "Holier than Thou" crying coming out of the U Sof A.
Let me explain:
Each sport has a pre-Olympics Trial to test the site and organization. In 1975 Sailing had such a trial in Kingston for the 1976 Montreal Games. We gave each country 3 entries.
I got a call from the manager of the USA Sailing Team who asked for the USA to have 6 entries in each event. I naively said "Sure, No problem." Canada and the USA were allowed 6 entries each.
In 1983 L.A. had their test event the year before their 1984 Olympics and they limited the entries to 2 per nation. The manager of the USA Sailing Team was the same manager as in 1976. I asked that they reciprocate giving Canada 4 entries double as we had done.
His answer was: "We are out for winning Gold for the USA not Canada!" and hung up. Canada was only allowed 2 entries in each event but the USA allowed over 10 in each event for their "Home Court Advantage" Canadian sailor won 3 medals in L.A.
Go Canada Go! Home
Home Court Advantage is our right!!
A Canadian Olympian