Those who are part of the sailing races are well aware of how unpredictable the races can be. Like the shifts in the tide and weather conditions positions can change and the fate of the sailors is sealed. This is well known by the champions the most, such as Giles Scott. Scott might have already earned two medals in the Olympic games, but he ended up in the same Finn category, as did Sir Ben Ainslie which meant that he was made to watch the sailing races in the prior two Olympics from the shore.
Since the 2012 he has proven to be unbeatable. He has shown that he can persevere and this time he has made his Olympic debut at the age of 29. He has been meticulous in his preparations. He also spent time with the American Cup team of Ainslie in order to hone his racing instincts with his formidable competitor, as well as spending some months doing Bareboat Charter in Dubrovnik. He has been compared to Ainslie often as his form seems to be similar to the latter. Though he has a laid-back attitude off the waters, he is fierce and competitive once he is rowing.
He has won the European and World Championships, but every time the selection trials has made him lose against Ainslie. He finally won the test event and secured his position in the Rio Games this year. He claimed his fourth title in Weymouth and decided to stay away from Olympic racing for a while. This might have given him patience that has reaped rich rewards for him.
His record has been great as he has won 19 out of 21 regattas that he has participated in since the 2011 European Championship event. Fans love his composed and cool composure though he is intensely under pressure in most races that he has won. Giles states that there might be opportunities you miss out, but you need to use them as your motivating force.