Al finish the Olympic Games in 1988, Luis and Jos Luis Doreste they were tied for a gold medal. In good logic it was necessary to tie the tie at Barcelona 92 but something unexpected happened: within a panorama of increasing competition, a very high level of demand Because it was taken for granted that if things did not go well for the rest of the Olympic team, as they usually do, it should be the candle that would take the chestnuts out of the fire, Jos Luis Doreste was not selected. Sport is a here and now and her gold medal from Sel is worth her for eternal recognition, but not to get an Olympic place with her as an argument. After all, four years had passed. Jos Luis was frustrated but put the best possible face on the bad weather: became a team doctor and “guide” of the modality for the pressesto. In practically all media he lavished his knowledge and experience.
And the truth is that in those Games the candle, like everything else, cast the rest: a team of young people and veterans was created, in which the notice of what was going to be demanded was precisely marked by the exclusion of José Luis Doreste. In return, Luis was: will compete in Flying Dutchman with Domingo Manrique but, before, he was the protagonist of the opening ceremony. The last name Doreste had and has weight in the Spanish Olympic sport, and thus his voice is loud and clear when in one of the culminating moments of the opening ceremony pronouncing the Olympic oath on behalf of all athletes: “On behalf of all competitors, I promise that we will participate in these Olympic Games in compliance with their regulations. For the glory of the sport and the honor of our teams.”
And then they jumped into the water. Until years later the 49er took away the title of “Formula 1” from Olympic sailing, the Flying Dutchman was the iconic class for our sailors. He had already contributed a gold, that of Abascal and Noguer in Moscow 1980. Luis Doreste, precisely with Miguel Noguer, had been World and European champion before Sel 88 and although things did not roll well there – they were thirteenths – there was the itch to insist, and there Roberto appeared. Manrique, to continue in the fight. The couple worked: they had won three Spanish Championships, two European sub-championships and a World Cup bronze in the previous Olympic period.
Normally, those who compete at home have an advantage: it is given as an axiom in all sports. In sailing, the thing translates into mastery of the race course. Traditionally the central base of the Spanish Olympic sailing had been Catalan, located in Palams. However, the Olympic regattas were to be located in the port of Barcelona: in a new facility called the Puerto Olmpico that is intended to be model. It is evident that the Spanish Olympic fleet had to be at the end of the navigation conditions but it did not work. Over time, Manrique remembered that all the plans were made in anticipation that the prevailing wind was a garb (southwest) of force four to five and finally, everything blew.
Doreste and Manrique, with scar Campillo and Alejandro Blanco in a BRAND tribute
But Luis Doreste and Domingo Manrique they adapted. In the brand new regatta course of Port Olmpic, which still felt like new, they won the first regatta. They did not do it again, but then only in the third and seventh positions they moved away from the first positions: they were second in the second, third and fifth regatta. In the sixth they were third. Americans Paul Foerster and Stephen Bourdow they won three of them, but in the rest they fell too much. In the seventh and last, with a reasonably safe medal, he was going to play gold in a distance competition. Luis and Domingo weren’t going to fight for first place, but I know for staying in a position that, in the sum of scores, would allow them to achieve first place. The Americans finished seventh, but the six positions that they removed the Hispanic do were not enough to displace them from the first place. Luis got the second gold medal of his career and tiebreaker with his brother. Sunday, the first. Paul and Stephen went silver and the Danes Jorgen and Jens Bogsen, bronze. Three points beat Americans and Spaniards. Eight of these with the Danes.
Domingo Manrique was an Olympian for two more editions and then he dedicated himself to tall sail, just like Luis Doreste. Even today they continue to sail the sea, and remembering and being remembered every time that Olympic sailing is spoken.