Updated: 11/01/2012 19:59 | By pa.press.net

Patience remains grounded



Stuart Bithell (© left)

Stuart Bithell (left) and Luke Patience

Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell are refusing to get ahead of themselves after selection for the Olympics, insisting they have only won the battle, not the war.

The pair have been confirmed as the newest members of Team GB for this year's Games, having been nominated by the Royal Yachting Association to compete in the Men's 470 class.

"We have won the battle, but not the war," Patience said, speaking on behalf of Skandia Team GBR sponsor Musto. "Our coach Morgan Reeser says it to us a lot to keep us grounded and down to earth."

Patience and Bithell have faced a three-way battle for selection but were boosted by their recent silver medal at the 2011 World Championships, where they matched their achievements of two years previous.

However, despite having seen off Nic Asher and Elliot Willis as well as Nick Rogers and Chris Grube, the duo insist they will not take things for granted.

Patience added: "He (Reeser) has had vast experience at Olympic Games and has won a silver medal himself and a gold medal as a coach.

"He has seen many, many cycles so it not just a phrase, it is something we keep strongly in our mind.

"It has been so long and such a hard battle to win the trials, it is important to celebrate the small successes.

"We have worked for this and should celebrate. But there is a time when that needs to stop.

"This will mean nothing if we come fourth in the Olympics, absolutely nothing. We're not going to make that mistake and are very aware that it is the Olympic Games that matter, not the fact we came through the trials."

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