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Fellow Melges 32 Owner And Supreme American Olympic Sailor Not Taking Down His Sails

20 July 2009

The Melges 32 fleet is filled with some of the most interesting people in the world and American Olympic sailor John Dane is no exception. Dane is charismatic and full of personality when it comes to speaking about one of his greatest passions — the sport of sailing. In a very special article published online by nola.com, Dane speaks about his 2008 endeavor as well as the incredible lengths that one goes to to make a campaign successful.

At 58, New Orleanian John Dane III was the oldest American Olympian competing last year in Beijing. In fact, he was the oldest American Olympian of at least the past half century, fulfilling a 40-year quest than began when he was a teenager. But don't count on Dane trying to repeat the feat in 2012.

"There's not enough Advil in the world to make it possible," said Dane, who with son-in-law Austin Sperry finished 11th in the Star class sailing competition. "I trained five days a week at 5 a.m. to get in the best shape I've been in my life, and my back still hurts, my knees still hurt, and my arm still hurts. Sailing in the Olympics is not just sitting there drinking a beer looking into the sunset."

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