Local Olympian Farrah Hall, a windsurfer competing in London, placed 22nd in her opening match on Tuesday morning, according to the U.S. Olympic Sailing Team's website.
Hall said luck wasn't on her side today.
“My first race I had an unlucky start, so I didn’t finish so well,” she said. “That means I was in a group of people down by the pin end of the line, and I didn’t get away from the fleet.
"The second race was better. We had a racetrack today, which means one side is favored, so you have to get to that side and to the mark fast. It’s simple and all about speed. The first 5-10 seconds after the start can make or break the race."
Hall posted about her experiences at the games thus far on her own blog. The full blog can be read by clicking here. Here are a few excerpts:
- "Aside from the regulations and security, I'm finding everything else quite simple."
- "Our Olympic village is more mellow as well, and after seeing how crazy the London village is, I'm really happy we are competing at a satellite venue."
- "I'm really excited about beginning our event and I'm in a positive frame of mind. I feel relaxed and focused."
- "However, as the regatta commences, a few things are markedly different. Security is the main focus of this event and our sailing area is significantly smaller. "
Hall is one of two Broadneck residents competing in the summer Olympics. Matt Centrowitz, 22, of Arnold, is a star track-and-field athlete who will compete in the 1,500-meter run. The final for that race will be broadcast on Tuesday, Aug. 7.
For more Olympics viewing schedules, see our article here.