Key dates: July 29 to Aug. 11. Venue: Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbor, Dorset Big story: American Anna Tunnicliffe (above), who won gold in the Laser Radial class four years ago, would be interesting under any circumstance but her background takes it to another level. She was born in Doncaster, England, lived there for 12 years, which is where she learned to sail. Tunnicliffe's gold medal in Beijing happened to be the first by an American woman in sailing in 20 years. Tunnicliffe joins teammates Debbie Capozzi and Molly Vandemoer in the Elliott 6-meter (women's match racing). Top U.S. prospects: Paige Railey, the younger sister of Zach Railey, in the Laser Radial class, Amanda Clark/Sarah Lihan (470 class) and Farrah Hall (windsurfing). Others to watch: Great Britain's Hannah Mills/Saskia Clark (470 class), Marit Bouwmeester of the Netherlands (Laser), and in windsurfing Zofia Noceti-Klepacka of Poland and Alessandra Sensini of Italy. Little-known fact: The only sailor to win two gold medals with different crew members is Theresa Zabell of Spain in 1992 and 1996. In fact, she was born in Ipswich, England, but her family moved to Spain shortly thereafter, making the trip to the Canary Islands by boat.
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