At Atlanta 1996 Robert Schiedt (BRA) forced a young Ben Ainslie (GBR) into a premature final race start enabling the Brazilian to take Laser gold with the Brit settling for silver. But the tables turned at Sydney 2000.
Ainslie led going into the final race knowing that if Scheidt didn't finish above 22nd he would win gold. What ensued was some breath taking boat handling by both sailors as Ainslie tacked and tacked upon Scheidt's wind to stall his rival and subsequently pushing him down the fleet.
When Ainslie released Scheidt it was all about finishing positions and despite an anxious wait counting the boats as well as a jury protest Ainslie had won his first Olympic gold.
"My only option really was to try and sail him down the fleet and use the rule," said Ainslie. "I guess they say what goes around comes around and it certainly was a case of that today."
The Medal Maker
The Australian sailing team had only ever won one 470 medal, and this came at Montreal 1996 when Ian Brown and Ian Ruff picked up bronze.
After Victor Kovalenko coached the Ukrainian Men's and Women's 470 teams to gold and bronze at Atlanta 1996 the Australian Yachting Federation hired the 'Medal Maker' and the results were perfect.
Tom King and Mark Turnbull went on to take the Men's 470 gold whilst Jenny Armstrong and Belinda Stowell took the Women's 470 honours. As well as his expertise Kovalenko told his crews, "Get your dream, trust yourself and follow your dream." It came true at Sydney 2000.
Women's 470 gold medallist Jenny Armstrong (AUS) said, "You could hear the crowd at the windward mark."
Shirley Robertson (GBR) on what was next for her after Europe victory, "A big party tonight and then a holiday."
After the protest hearing and confirmation of the gold and silver Laser medals Robert Scheidt said, "We will continue to be good friends and I look forward to further encounters. I wish him the best and I guess I will wake up happy tomorrow morning with the silver medal."
The modern Olympics returned to Athens in 2004 with the sailing venue 14km south of the city centre. A harbour built in the 1960s was expanded and modernised for the Olympics turning it into a large scale venue capable of hosting all of the teams and sailors.