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Ian Walker

Full name: Ian James Walker
Gender: Male
Height: 5-8.5 (174 cm)
Weight: 161 lbs (73 kg)
Born: February 25, 1970 in Worcester, Worcestershire, Great Britain
Affiliations: Itchenor Sailing Club, Itchenor (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Sailing

Medals: 2 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

Ian Walker was already a world champion in the International 14 class before he teamed up with John Merricks to campaign in the 470 class. After placing second in the 1996 World Championships the pair repeated the feat at the Atlanta Olympics and were only denied a chance of the gold medal by a disqualification in race four. Sadly their partnership was to end in tragedy. In October 1997 the two men were being driven back to their hotel after racing in the European Championships when the driver lost control and veered off the road. Merricks was killed instantly in the accident. After some time away from the water Walker reappeared with new partner Mark Covell. Covell had also suffered personal tragedy when his sailing partner, 1996 Olympian Glyn Charles, had been lost at sea during the 1998 Sydney-to-Hobart race. Together Walker and Covell were the British entry in the Star class at the Sydney Olympics. They came within a point of an emotive victory but lost out to the American pair in the battle for the Olympic title. Since then Walker has been involved in the crew in prospective America’s Cup challengers from Great Britain (2002-3 as skipper) and Italy (2007 as tactician). He also coached Shirley Robertson to Olympic gold in 2004.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1996 Summer 26 Atlanta Sailing Men's Two Person Dinghy Great Britain GBR 2 Silver
2000 Summer 30 Sydney Sailing Mixed Two Person Keelboat Great Britain GBR 2 Silver

Men's Two Person Dinghy

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Date NP TP PTS
1996 Summer 26 Atlanta Sailing Great Britain GBR John Merricks Final Standings 1996-07-24 60.0 124.0
1996 Summer 26 Atlanta Sailing Great Britain GBR John Merricks Race One 1996-07-24 15.0
1996 Summer 26 Atlanta Sailing Great Britain GBR John Merricks Race Two 1996-07-25 1.0
1996 Summer 26 Atlanta Sailing Great Britain GBR John Merricks Race Three 1996-07-26 4.0
1996 Summer 26 Atlanta Sailing Great Britain GBR John Merricks Race Four 1996-07-26 27.0
1996 Summer 26 Atlanta Sailing Great Britain GBR John Merricks Race Five 1996-07-27 37.0
1996 Summer 26 Atlanta Sailing Great Britain GBR John Merricks Race Six 1996-07-27 4.0
1996 Summer 26 Atlanta Sailing Great Britain GBR John Merricks Race Seven 1996-07-28 2.0
1996 Summer 26 Atlanta Sailing Great Britain GBR John Merricks Race Eight 1996-07-29 6.0
1996 Summer 26 Atlanta Sailing Great Britain GBR John Merricks Race Nine 1996-07-30 15.0
1996 Summer 26 Atlanta Sailing Great Britain GBR John Merricks Race Ten 1996-07-30 2.0
1996 Summer 26 Atlanta Sailing Great Britain GBR John Merricks Race Eleven 1996-08-01 11.0

Mixed Two Person Keelboat

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Date NP TP PTS T
2000 Summer 30 Sydney Sailing Great Britain GBR Mark Covell Final Standings 2000-09-23 35.0 55.0
2000 Summer 30 Sydney Sailing Great Britain GBR Mark Covell Race One 2000-09-23 1.0 1-19:32
2000 Summer 30 Sydney Sailing Great Britain GBR Mark Covell Race Two 2000-09-23 9.0 1-09:18
2000 Summer 30 Sydney Sailing Great Britain GBR Mark Covell Race Three 2000-09-25 11.0 56:58
2000 Summer 30 Sydney Sailing Great Britain GBR Mark Covell Race Four 2000-09-25 7.0 1-25:07
2000 Summer 30 Sydney Sailing Great Britain GBR Mark Covell Race Five 2000-09-26 2.0 1-06:00
2000 Summer 30 Sydney Sailing Great Britain GBR Mark Covell Race Six 2000-09-26 3.0 1-09:32
2000 Summer 30 Sydney Sailing Great Britain GBR Mark Covell Race Seven 2000-09-28 2.0 1-09:18
2000 Summer 30 Sydney Sailing Great Britain GBR Mark Covell Race Eight 2000-09-29 1.0 52:10
2000 Summer 30 Sydney Sailing Great Britain GBR Mark Covell Race Nine 2000-09-29 7.0 59:11
2000 Summer 30 Sydney Sailing Great Britain GBR Mark Covell Race Ten 2000-09-29 9.0 1-04:18
2000 Summer 30 Sydney Sailing Great Britain GBR Mark Covell Race Eleven 2000-09-30 3.0 1-21:35
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