World's top-ranked sailor hoping to bring gold medal back to Pittsburgh

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PITTSBURGH —

World’s top-ranked sailor hoping to bring gold medal back to Pittsburgh

Anna Tunnicliffe, the top ranked sailor in the world, loves challenges.

After striking gold individually in the laser radial sailing event in Beijing four years ago, she is now leading the U.S. match racing team into London.

Tunnicliffe spoke with Channel 11’s Bill Phillips via Skype and said she embraces the team concept.

“Being to be able to share it with somebody else beside your coach, with two other teammates that everybody performed the best they could and as a whole we accomplished it,” she said. “It's awesome.”

Tunnicliffe pays for that awesome thrill of achievement with 10 or 11 hours of hard work on and off the water every day.

“It's not an easy job to dedicate four years of your life every day to that,” she said. “You know you sacrifice a lot, but to be able to accomplish your dream is well worth it.”

The London games will be a homecoming for Tunnicliffe’s parents, who hail from England but call Pittsburgh home. Following the 2008 games Tunnicliffe made a special visit with her gold medal to the Christ Lutheran School where her mom worked in Forest Hills. It’s a visit she would love to repeat.

“To be able to bring it back and just inspire more people to follow their dreams would be awesome. That would be amazing to be able to do that,” she said.

Tunnicliffe said her secret to success is what she calls the four D’s.

“The dream, the desire, the dedication and the discipline,” she explained. “I try and follow the four D's every day and always try and learn one thing that's going to make me better tomorrow than I am today.”

Tunnicliffe and her teammates arrived in London yesterday.