First impressions can be dangerous.
When you meet Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern for the first time, it's easy to fall in love with their charm and humor.
Of course, unless in the heat of competition, the first encounter is on the surface of the water.
With the smile of their victory, behind the impeccable courtesy and relaxed attitude lies a fierce motivation and determination, and eight years of hard work and unremitting dedication have made these sailors on board.
The last January World Championships in Florida were a start for them at the 49ers level.
Their ship did not arrive in time due to circumstances beyond their control.
"One of our friends said you 'd better not go and you'll be at the end," McGovern said . ".
The sailors spent hundreds of hours driving their boat the way they wanted it to the last millimeter, practicing repeatedly with different settings until they were sure everything was supposed.
Therefore, it is understatement to describe their ship's failure to arrive as a setback.
But what happened next told us a lot about the two men at the Bangor Ballyholme Yacht Club: they rented a boat at the time, competed for their own lives, and
"The fact that we can show up with unknown equipment and be the top 10 in the world championship shows that we can do it, it's not entirely about the ship," Seaton said . ".
"It's a big learning thing for us, and we can jump into any ship to perform, which greatly enhances our confidence.
"There are no similar faults in Rio.
When we met in downtown Dublin, the two sailors had just returned from the Olympic venue to make sure everything was OK and were happy to report that their equipment had arrived safely and reliably.
Their first day is until August 12, so they will return to Brazil on Wednesday to start their final preparations.
However, the reality is that all the hard work is done.
Now, it's all about preparing for this moment for the last eight years and realizing and accepting that they're ready.
McGovern and Seton did well in London, ranked 11, but from the moment they first worked together in the winter of 2008, they always talked about an 8-year plan.
Arriving in London four years ago was an added bonus, but after the event they saw a year coming soon.
"We felt like we were in a hurry," McGovern said . ".
"We have this list of jobs that list everything we want to accomplish, and we never had a chance to get to the end of the list until the Olympics arrived.
We have been working until now.
Our level over the last few weeks is our level at the Olympics and we just keep that up.
Until the first day of the Olympic Games, we are still studying hard. . .
"Seaton jumped in:" In addition, the people we played in London have already participated in the previous Olympic games and have Medal experience like [New Zealanders]
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They have all the experience and this time they are the most popular.
Now that we have experienced everything ourselves, we have proved that we can compete with these people.
Because we are a little more mature, we know that when we show up at the Olympics, we can definitely do well and do well at the top of the team.
It is also important to be aware of this.
"Since last August, the couple have been away from home for nearly 200 days, and in games and training they have not had a chance to be the best player in Rio.
This includes multiple visits to the city, according to Seaton, to practice what they see as a unique curriculum "tricky, with a lot of different currents and backgrounds ".
McGovern thinks it will be the best.
Round sailor who won the race, in one case, it is not suitable for an expert.
He replied, "isn't luck a factor ? " My old man always said that the winner is always the lucky one, it is very interesting . ".
"You can only do what you can, you can control what you can --
We just try to get into it with a positive attitude and take care of the variables that are under our control.
The level of maturity we have and the understanding we have may be the best we can achieve.
"We might look back at this in 10 years and think, my God, I think I 've put everything together and I thought I was smart at the time, but I learned
But now, today, I feel like we 've gone a lot from London, we know ourselves better, we know what we're going to do to help each other perform better, I think it really makes us feel more relaxed.
Of course, stress always exists in the background, but you can't think about it because it doesn't make it better, and at the age of 28, Seton is three years younger than McGovern, although they came from the coast of Lake Belfast --
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They don't really know each other until they start this great adventure.
Of course, it is impossible for them to know that they all have extraordinary determination to succeed.
"After the end of the Beijing cycle, I was looking for someone who could play with me, and Ryan's name was the top person from a sports group, so I thought at the time, "Oh, yes, it's worth a look," McGovern said. ".
"It's fun when you think back. . .
We may not know each other very well, but we are always together.
For example, there was a winter when we had a fitness camp together in Lanzarote, which was probably the first time we were really together.
"When I was looking for a new Ryan, he might be a little younger than someone else with a choice --
There are other options that have experience in the Olympics and something like that.
But when I spent a week with him, I felt like the person had a really hard work ethic that was what I wanted most.
"I almost said, 'Would you like to get involved? We sailed together in less time.
Semester, see how it looks, and then if we are happy after the first season, we will put down the pedal and go all out, that's what we signed and promised until the end.
From the beginning, the ending was always Rio.
This is the focus.
"For Seaton, it means a big change to get out of a single class.
"From the beginning we all have the same ambition and motivation and we want to achieve the same goal, whether or not I will do it alone with a laser, and it doesn't matter if I'm going to do it in 49 minutes with Matt.
"I remember sitting with me and talking about whether I should go to a double class, because I didn't know Matt at the time, and I didn't know what his promise was, I feel like I know I have a goal to go to the Olympics, but I never thought someone would work as hard as I do.
I never thought someone would do that, but we met each other and we knew we were all a little crazy. . .
There are not many people who can do this, especially for eight years, and I think we are very lucky.
There are a lot of young and talented sailors who are talking even at our age, but in fact they never have. . .
"The idea was suspended for a second before McGovern continued the thread :". . .
A leap in confidence in yourself.
I think it's a little hard.
Now, when you are in our place, on the funding system, we are the top 10 in the world, or whatever, everything is fine.
But when you're nothing, you're just a kid with all sorts of other pressures like parties, girls, schools and universities, and a lot of people see the way they go to work, it's hard to say, "Actually, I'm going to do good enough here, I'm going to support myself, I'm going to risk all of these securities. .
"We know a lot of people who are really talented, but they never really have a professional ethics.
Like some people actually have no talent, some people have participated in the Olympic Games before, they are definitely not the most talented, but they have more motivation than anyone else, that's why they arrived at their destination.
They don't give up, I think it's a big deal, probably one of the biggest elements I'm looking for in people who do anything with me, or even train together.
I want a man of 100.
"That's why they came this far.
It turns out that they have a plan, a good plan, and stick to it.
They trained with Australian players who won gold medals in London, and two years ago they started to qualify for the Olympics in their first qualifying match and succeeded so they had the biggest lead
Ready in time, they beat all the medal contenders at some point.
"If we look back on six years, even the beginning of the cycle, four years, we 've ticked every box we want to tick: We 've said we want to qualify in advance, we said we want to prove that we can win the medal so everything is ready. Now we have to enjoy the Olympic Games and do our best.
"They also understand that they are lucky to be able to sail to Ireland at the right time.
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It has been put in place and is constantly improving.
"When you see young people doing well, it inspires us to do well, and I think it inspires them when they see us at the Olympics," Seaton agreed . ".
"A lot of hard work has taken place in the background.
Irish sailing is definitely improving.
"They say they are adding to the success of other sports, like the Irish rugby team, the boxer, and even the Rory McIlroy.
"More and more people are popping up," McGovern said . ".
"We spent some time at the gym where we saw Olympic boxer Paddy Barnes and Michael Conland whenever you talked to them. . .
You know we're from a movement that has a lot of variables, which is interesting.
The best people won't win every week, the best people will probably be the first of the week and the second of that week, so most Olympic sailors are very happy with the Olympic medals, at least they are nearby.
But when you talk to these people, they get frustrated if they rank second, and that mentality runs through their movements.
But because we see it and other sports see it, it is fed into other sports as well.
How success breeds more success is surprising.
"Murphy alise's performance in the last four or five years is another example.
"She showed us the path and she showed us what we could achieve as Irish sailors.
One of the things Ryan and I often ask is that people just want to go to the Olympics, which is a bit of a waste.
Annalise shows that we can do well and get medals. "T-
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