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Home is the sailor

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BC's one and only Olympian

Spaulding, left, and Wadlow aboard their 49er. Photo by David Forster

Spaulding, left, and Wadlow aboard their 49er. Photo by David Forster

Boston College's only entry in the Athens Olympics, sailor Pete Spaulding '98, shared a fifth-place finish with his partner Tim Wadlow in the 49er dingy class. The 49er (it's 4.9 meters long) is a light and sensitive boat, famous for its speed and notorious for its habit of tipping inattentive sailors into the drink.

Spaulding and Wadlow were grade-school friends in New Jersey and then competing all-Americans when they studied and sailed at Boston College and Boston University, respectively. They joined forces four years ago, leaving day jobs and devoting themselves to sailing and to raising money so they could sail.

In Athens they held third place as late as the next to last day of the competition, but the medals went in the end to more experienced sailors from Spain, Ukraine, and Great Britain. Reached at his home in Miami, where he is a freelance web designer contemplating MBA programs, Spaulding said that he wasn't sure whether he and Wadlow would try for the 2008 games. "We had an excellent run at it," he philosophized. Meanwhile, he remains the only alumnus whose business is listed in the University database as "Olympic Campaign."

Ben Birnbaum

 

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