74%of the skippers of the medal winning boats at the 2004 Olympics were former Optimist sailors.
And 80% of these had sailed in IODA World or continental championships.
This is more than double the percentage four years ago in Sydney.
At least 50% of all dinghy helms at the Sydney Olympics were former Optimist sailors.
at least70% of these sailed in Optimist world and continental championships.
1996 former Optimist Olympic medallists were:
A 5–year exercise by the International Optimist Association (IODA) has resulted in a price reduction averaging around 25% and a return to strict one–design principles.