At least she has had good notice of when to reach an Olympic peak of fitness and aggression. Selection as long ago as May 1991 has allowed her to focus on the Games themselves, rather than winning her place. She has also been able to clear up some niggling elbow strains and adjust gradually to what she hopes will be her best fighting weight. She has always excelled in lighter rather than stronger breezes, and as Barcelona is predicted to be a light air venue, it would be surprising if she were over 8st. If the wind picks up she could find herself losing out to a heavier rival.
Way knows she is still learning how to squeeze more speed out of her sailboard. 'That's why I find it such a special sport to be involved in,' she says. 'You can improve every day.'
Her name is not in fact Penny. 'My little brother couldn't manage Helen when he was learning to talk so he called me Henny-Penny and the Penny stuck.'
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