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Perrysburg Olympian retires from sailing (01-17-13 PDF Print E-mail
Written by JORDAN CRAVENS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 17 January 2014 10:54
Anna Tunnicliffe, a 2008 gold medalist and a 2001 graduate of Perrysburg High School, has decided to retire from Olympic sailing.
"I've always been a believer in the 4 D's to accomplish a goal: dream, desire, dedication, and discipline," said Tunnicliffe in a recent phone interview. "If you don't have all of those, then you aren't going to be able to accomplish the dream.
"It just got to the point where I could be dedicated and disciplined, but the desire wasn't where it should be," she said.
The 30-year-old Pittsburgh resident said she wrestled with her choice for an extended time.
"Eventually, I just came to the decision that it just wasn't the same as the last two quads," she said.
"Quads" references the time between summer Games. After winning gold in 2008 in the Women's Laser Radial competition, Tunnicliffe qualified for the London Olympics where she and her teammates placed a disappointing fifth place in the Women's Match Racing competition.
"We put together a gold medal campaign, but we just had a bad day and lost in the quarterfinals," she said.
As a two-time Olympian, with accolades like two-time "World Sailor of the Year" dotting her resume, Tunnicliffe was certainly a 2016 Olympic hopeful.
At that, Tunnicliffe, who was born in England, said just qualifying for the 2016 games wasn't an option. If she was going to do it, she was going to go for gold - again.
And going for gold requires a commitment even above and beyond qualifying.
"It's a full-time job. You sail, on average, about 2¬Ω to 3 weeks per month. When you aren't sailing you are working on fund-raising, finding sponsors and logistics,'' she said.
There's also fitness and land training to fit in, too.
"I am going to move on with the next stage of my life, whatever that may be," she said.
While she won't be training for the 2016 Olympics, Tunnicliffe still plans to continue on with the sport she has known since she was young.
She will do some professional sailing, and sailing just for fun. She also plans to continue with CrossFit, a type of strength and conditioning program, competitions. She will also work as a CrossFit trainer.
"I fell in love with it and I have stuck with it since," she said of CrossFit.

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