Patience reflects on emotional journey to Tokyo

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Luke Patience reflected on his emotional journey to Tokyo at the premiere of Chasing Tokyo.
Luke Patience reflected on his emotional journey to Tokyo at the premiere of Chasing Tokyo.

By Megan Armitage, Sportsbeat

Not many people achieve their childhood dreams, but Luke Patience did.

The Aberdeen-born sailor won silver at the London 2012 Olympic Games alongside Stuart Bithell before moving to compete with Chris Grube for Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020.

And Patience was brought to tears reflecting on lasting memories of his final Olympic Games in front of family and friends at the premier of British Sailing and Orillo's new documentary: 'Chasing Tokyo'.

He said: "It was a wonderful thing to have captured of a really poignant point in my life and I will watch it again for sure at some point. It was quite emotional.

"I must admit it brought a wee tear to my eye as I was already on the screen.

"It's hard watching yourself upset but the whole journey of everything we did is very unique.

"When I embarked on this as a ten-year-old, you have no idea what places it's going to take you and to have done three Olympics, to have met some amazing people and have some amazing experiences, as well as achieve goals that you set out to, I don't know how you top that.

"I think I just have to accept that that was that and never try and replicate it again as it means so much.

"What am I going to do again that I dreamt of as a ten-year-old. Nothing. Because all I ever dreamt of was the Games."

Chasing Tokyo Premiere event
Chasing Tokyo Premiere event

'Chasing Tokyo' will debut on the Olympic Channel on July 28th and Patience's story is just one of the many followed, alongside Tokyo gold medallists Eilidh McIntyre and Stuart Bithell and Olympian Tom Squires.

The 35-year-old's story arc creates once of the most emotional moments of the film, tearing up at the memory of his team cheering him on with pride and enthusiasm after losing out on another Olympic medal.

Now having retired from Olympic competition, Patience was filled with reflection, reliving one of the biggest moments of his life on screen.

He said: "It's funny I'm not sure how I feel yet, it's very strange watching yourself and it's really interesting watching myself when I was in a competition environment.

"Now that I've decided to stop Olympic competition, it almost feels like I'm looking at a different person. I can see the stress in my eyes and the heaviness of it.

"But not in a bad way, just that there's a man on a mission and now I'm passed that."

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.

Patience said: "Olympians, we are all just a collection of people that grew up with a big dream in mind, big dreamers and obsessed with perfecting our craft and perfecting an art.

"We would always enjoy in knowing that maybe there's a wee kid out there that sees you and is inspired to do the same thing because the reality is we're not super humans, we're just we girls and boys who had a dream and wanted to pursue it.

"And I think watching this tonight, for me, shows the simplicity of the fact that we're just humans with a goal and that's all it is.

"And we just try and discover how to get the best out of ourselves and maybe get closer to our goal."

Watch Chasing Tokyo at [Olympics.com]Olympics.com

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