The only Summer Olympics Toni Wilhelm did not participate in during the last 12 years were in China in 2008, and the German sailor watched those proceedings from afar.
One problem: He got bored.
“Even me, being a sailor, sailing was not very interesting,” he said. “I remember watching when I didn’t qualify in 2008, I had to sit home at my girlfriend’s place. Sometimes I found myself falling asleep.”
Wilhelm, callingfrom his home base in Lausanne, Switzerland, chuckled at that long-ago memory as he was preparing to travel to Rio de Janeiro for additional training sessions for the upcoming Olympics.