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Sarah Ayton

Full name: Sarah Lianne Ayton (-Dempsey)
Gender: Female
Height: 5-5.5 (167 cm)
Weight: 139 lbs (63 kg)
Born: April 9, 1980 in Ashford, Surrey, Great Britain
Affiliations: Queen Mary Sailing Club, Ashford (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Sailing

Related Olympians: Wife of Nick Dempsey.

Medals: 2 Gold (2 Total)

Biography

Sarah Ayton first came to prominence by placing second in the Laser Radial class at the 1998 World Youth championships. She then sailed in the Europe class of boat with moderate success but with the introduction of the Yngling class into the Olympics, Ayton and Sarah Webb were recruited by 2000 Olympic champion Shirley Robertson to be her crew with the intention of qualifying the boat for Athens. Initially the team, who self-deprecatingly dubbed themselves "Three Blondes in a Boat", met with mixed results but at Beijing they excelled and won the gold medal without having to take part in the last race of the series. With Robertson taking time out to start a family Pippa Wilson replaced her to campaign towards Beijing with Ayton taking over as skipper. The trio were world champions in both 2007 and 2008 and extended that supremacy to the Beijing Olympics where they overcame the Dutch trio to claim gold. Ayton married fellow Olympic medallist Nick Dempsey after the Beijing Olympics and, after taking time off to start a family, returned to the water in 2011 in what eventually proved to be a fruitless attempt to qualify for the 2012 Games.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
2004 Summer 24 Athina Sailing Women's Three Person Keelboat Great Britain GBR 1 Gold
2008 Summer 28 Beijing Sailing Women's Three Person Keelboat Great Britain GBR 1 Gold

Women's Three Person Keelboat

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Date NP TP PTS T T/M
2004 Summer 24 Athina Sailing Great Britain GBR Final Standings 2004-08-14 39.0 56.0
2004 Summer 24 Athina Sailing Great Britain GBR Race One 2004-08-14 5.0 1-12:26
2004 Summer 24 Athina Sailing Great Britain GBR Race Two 2004-08-14 4.0 1-20:02
2004 Summer 24 Athina Sailing Great Britain GBR Race Three 2004-08-15 1.0 1-07:16
2004 Summer 24 Athina Sailing Great Britain GBR Race Four 2004-08-15 1.0 1-02:17
2004 Summer 24 Athina Sailing Great Britain GBR Race Five 2004-08-16 4.0 1-08:54
2004 Summer 24 Athina Sailing Great Britain GBR Race Six 2004-08-16 3.0 1-13:30
2004 Summer 24 Athina Sailing Great Britain GBR Race Seven 2004-08-18 4.0 1-17:44
2004 Summer 24 Athina Sailing Great Britain GBR Race Eight 2004-08-18 6.0 1-20:42
2004 Summer 24 Athina Sailing Great Britain GBR Race Nine 2004-08-19 3.0 1-15:52
2004 Summer 24 Athina Sailing Great Britain GBR Race Ten 2004-08-19 8.0 1-09:52
2008 Summer 28 Beijing Sailing Great Britain GBR Final Standings 2008-08-09 24 31
2008 Summer 28 Beijing Sailing Great Britain GBR Race One 2008-08-09 2 at 0:29
2008 Summer 28 Beijing Sailing Great Britain GBR Race Two 2008-08-09 3 at 1:17
2008 Summer 28 Beijing Sailing Great Britain GBR Race Three 2008-08-10 4 at 0:26
2008 Summer 28 Beijing Sailing Great Britain GBR Race Four 2008-08-10 7 at 1:58
2008 Summer 28 Beijing Sailing Great Britain GBR Race Five 2008-08-11 4 at 1:57
2008 Summer 28 Beijing Sailing Great Britain GBR Race Six 2008-08-11 2 at 0:04
2008 Summer 28 Beijing Sailing Great Britain GBR Race Seven 2008-08-13 2 at 1:02
2008 Summer 28 Beijing Sailing Great Britain GBR Race Eight 2008-08-15 5 at 0:52
2008 Summer 28 Beijing Sailing Great Britain GBR Medal Race 2008-08-17 2 27:03
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