Eilidh McIntyre hopes 'Chasing Tokyo' documentary will showcase the heights of British Sailing

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Her emotional journey is shown in British Sailing's new documentary film 'Chasing Tokyo' which debuts on the Olympic Channel on July 28th.
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Olympic Champion Eilidh McIntyre's Tokyo journey proves that childhood dreams really do come true.

McIntyre often spoke on how her father's 1988 Seoul gold medal haunted her when growing up as it stood firm outside her bedroom door.

But the Hayling Island-born Brit overcame challenge after challenge, including a global pandemic, to follow in her father's footsteps and claim her own gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Her emotional journey is shown in British Sailing's new documentary film 'Chasing Tokyo' which debuts on the Olympic Channel on July 28th.

Speaking at the film's premiere, she said: "For me, [the film's] less about me and my journey and what we all did in Tokyo.

"What I hope is that we're all showcasing our sport and how cool it is and how exciting it is and how many opportunities there are, not just for sailors but for kids who love sailing and don't make it, for how many opportunities there are to still work with us.

"The industry's full of people that we use the whole time. It took an army to take us to Tokyo so I just hope we inspire people to fall in love with the sport and have a go and to give people an insight as to what sailing's about.

"We are athletes and we're a sport and I hope this film will showcase that.

"I think I'm excited to see everyone else's journeys. I know our journey and I know our story and I'm excited to hear 'what did the guys get up to, what did the 49ers get up to, what did Tom [Squires] and Emma [Wilson] do'.

"We don’t know, we don't see each other that much, especially when sailing, so I'm excited to see their journeys and experiences."

McIntyre won gold alongside the most successful female sailor in history, Hannah Mills and both athletes worked alongside Orillo Films to highlight the story behind the sails.

Whether you're a sailing fan or just love a story of raw emotion and drive, 'Chasing Tokyo' captures the spirit of the British Olympic Sailing team and the struggles they encountered on the way to becoming the most successful sailing team in the world.

Chasing Tokyo Premiere event
Chasing Tokyo Premiere event

She said: "My fondest memories of Tokyo are just the whole experience. Thriving under that sort of pressure, I actually loved every second of it.

"I think it was the craziest, weirdest time of all of our lives and for any of us to be able to look back at this moment in our lives is pretty cool.

"But what it was like for a team in the build up to the Games. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to watch this, it's totally different, totally unique and hopefully this never happens again.

"And it's your one chance to know what it was like, to know what it was like to experience that and even more so, to know what it was like building up to an Olympics.

"To have that insight that maybe no one's ever had, that could be super cool."

Watch Chasing Tokyo at Olympics.com

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