Sailing To Victory: Mathew Belcher and Will Ryan

08/02/2017 10:35 AM AEDT | Updated 05/07/2017 2:53 PM AEST
Video by Tony Walters

Sailing together in the 470 class for the past four years, Matt Belcher and Will Ryan have worked together to become one of Australia's most successful sporting partnerships.

Beginning as training buddies nine years ago, their professional relationship kicked off after the 2012 London Olympics and they spent the next four years training -- spending weeks, and sometimes months away from their families -- working towards the goal of competing for a week of races at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

"The journey of an Olympic athlete is about sacrifice," Ryan, 28, said.

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Mathew Belcher and Will Ryan of Australia sail through the waves in the 470 Men's class at the ISAF Sailing World Cup event in Melbourne on December 5, 2012.

Though the pair narrowly missed out on the gold medal at the Rio Olympics, as a team, Ryan and Belcher, 33, have dominated their category -- both domestically and internationally -- winning more than a dozen Gold medals together at competitions such as the 470 World Championships and ISAF World Championships. Their journey continues.

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