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Olympic Profile: Point Loma's Graham Biehl



    Graham Biehl has walked the doors of the San Diego Yacht Club more times than he can count.

    As he heads towards the long hallway lined with trophies he's reminded of the rich history of the club.

    "They all want to know when I'm competing, if it's gonna be on TV, and it's just a great feeling to have that support here at my home yacht club," Biehl said.

    At 25, Biehl is a young two-time Olympian.

    He crews a two-man boat in the 470 class - requiring upper body strength and quick thinking.

    "During a race there are hundreds of decisions we have to make on the fly, and if you don't make the right one you can really lose a lot," he explained.

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    After finishing 13th in Beijing, he's now focused on the podium and some hardware - he doesn't have to look far for inspiration.

    The Yacht Club is an Olympic factory - churning out names like Dennis Conner and Biehl's uncle.. Mark Reynolds.

    While talking with us, Biehl runs into JJ Isler, an Olympic bronze and silver medalist. It's a chance to catch up, show off his tattoo, and talk about one of their favorite subjects - the wind.

    This brings us to Biehl's new favorite past time - kiteboarding. This new hobby makes his coaches cringe.

    "I actually take all of my gear with me wherever I travel because it's a great release from sailing,” he said. “I love being on the water and growing up surfing and sailing. It's a pretty natural fit."

    Using the breeze to get where he's going. Graham Biehl is an expert heading windward from the San Diego Yacht Club to London.

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