Revealing the journey of Tokyo 2020

Published on July 28th, 2022

The rollercoaster journey of the British Sailing Team and its Tokyo 2020 athletes is revealed in the new behind-the-scenes film Chasing Tokyo.

The 90-minute feature documentary lifts the lid on the highs and lows Team GB’s athletes faced from the moment COVID-19 derailed their plans to the aftermath of the most uncertain Olympics in history.

Shot over two years, the Olympic Channel documentary charts the team’s physical and mental preparations as they get ready to compete, set against the extraordinary backdrop of uncertainty caused by the global pandemic which led to the postponement of the Games.

From the moment the original Games were postponed, to desperately trying to get abroad to keep up with their rivals, from traveling to Tokyo to behind the scenes at the Team GB sailing base, athletes bear their hearts and souls to tell the true story of what it takes to go to an Olympics.

It tells the compelling story of Eilidh McIntyre, an Olympic debutante chasing her first gold medal – and aiming to continue her father Mike’s family legacy with the Games. McIntyre’s journey is one of unfettered determination, drive and belief as she attempts to live up to the pressure of racing with Hannah Mills, herself attempting to become the most successful female Olympic sailor of all time.

Chasing Tokyo also follows London 2012 silver medalists Luke Patience and Stu Bithell as they seek success again almost ten years on with their new sailing partners Chris Grube and Dylan Fletcher.

Olympic first-timers Tom Squires and Emma Wilson lay bare their experiences in the RS:X windsurfing class, battling to stay at the top of their game when all but the Tokyo 2020 athletes have moved onto new foiling equipment.

Chasing Tokyo lifts the lid on being an Olympic athlete and shares the inside of the most successful Olympic sailing nation. To watch, click here.

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