sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : 2012 Olympics: The Medalists thoughts on Kites and Windsurfers
2012 Olympics: The Medalists thoughts on Kites and Windsurfers

'Tuuli Petja, Marina Alabau and Zofia Klepacka - Silver Gold and Bronze medalists Womens Windsurfing, 2012 Olympics'    Richard Gladwell ©    Click Here to view large photo

At the Medal Winners Media Conference held after the Medal Ceremony for the Mens and Womens Windsurfing Event at the 2012 Olympics, the new Olympic Medalists were asked their thoughts on the decision to change the event from Windsurfing to Kiteboarding the 2016 Olympics.

Here’s their responses and comments, not just for themselves but for the sport in their countries. They raised some excellent points. They appear in speaking order:

Przemyslaw Miarczynski (POL) Bronze Medalist -  Richard Gladwell_©   Click Here to view large photo

Przemyslaw Miarczynski (Poland, BronzeMedalist): I think it is a bit sad, because we have good coaches and infrastructure for windsurfing, and not for kiteboarding. We have many more young people starting on the windsurfing and they are very good already, winning many medals and awards. We have had windsurfing for several Olympics already, and the Kiteboarding is a completely new discipline.

For Polish windsurfing it is a bad decision.

For me, if the RS:X stays I don’t know if I will have the motivation go to Rio. But if Kiteboarding stays, then I am healthy and quite young, so it may be the motivation for me to make the change and try something completely different. For me I hope that Windsurfing stays and that Kiteboarding will be very good.

Dorian van Rijsselberghe (NED) Gold Medalist -  Richard Gladwell_©   Click Here to view large photo

Dorian van Rijsselberghe (Netherlands, Gold Medalist): All the basics in Holland have been totally based on windsurfing, and we have been totally overwhelmed by the decision that it is going to be kitesurfing. We don’t have the structure to make it Olympic yet. But for me personally it is a challenge and I am willing to give it a shot. I think some of the other windsurfing guys will also come over onto the Kiteboards.

Nick Dempsey (GBR) Silver medalist -  Richard Gladwell_©   Click Here to view large photo

Nick Dempsey (Great Britain, Silver Medalist): Do you really want to know what I really think?!?

Like the others I think that it is a massive change, that windsurfing has been dropped. For windsurfing it is a massive shame. The RS:X sailors have demonstrated how good a discipline windsurfing is, and how close the racing is (behind Dorian). RS:X is a great class and a fair class within the Olympic Games. I don’t have much time for Kiteboarding. I haven’t really seen a lot of it.

Marina Alabau (ESP) Gold Medalist -  Richard Gladwell_©   Click Here to view large photo

Marina Alabau (Spain, Gold Medalist): Putting in the Kite and taking out Windsurfing is a big mistake. ISAF think there are a lot of people doing Kiteboard racing in the world, there are not. They think there will be more countries competing, I don’t think that will be true. Kiteboard will be more expensive than Windsurfing. Kiteboards do not want a one design class, and I think that this is most important. With windsurfing we know that the athlete is the best and not the equipment. Because Kiteboarding is so new, they cannot be sure of that. Hopefully people will change their mind and windsurfing will stay in November. If they do take out windsurfing, I think we will come back in 2020, once they realise the mistake. We are the most exciting class in the sailing, and people really like to watch us racing. Windsurfing is magic.

Tuuli Petja (FIN) Silver Medalist -  Richard Gladwell_©   Click Here to view large photo

Tuuli Petaja (Finland, Silver Medalist): I agree, Windsurfing should stay in the Olympic program. I have done a little bit of Kiteboarding but that was in the winter time, on ice, when all the lakes are frozen. We use a snow board not on the water. Kiteboarding is cool but is not yet our big sport. It is not big enough sport to be in Rio. So I am hoping that windsurfing will remain in the Olympics.

Zofia Klepacka (POL) Bronze Medalist -  Richard Gladwell_©   Click Here to view large photo

Zofia Klepacka (Poland, Bronze Medalist): I think Windsurfing should stay. Many of the windsurfing schools for the kids are on lakes which are surrounded by forests, and they can’t train for Kiteboarding on those places. They need to travel to where there is ocean or sea. With Windsurfing, everybody can do it – on the lake, on the river, on the ocean and on the sea. With Kites you need to travel to go to good places.

I hope in November that we get 75% to change the decision.


by Richard Gladwell

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=103444

1:19 PM Fri 2 Nov 2012GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on


Related News Stories:

23 Oct 2012  Lessons to be learnt from Sailing Event crowd hype
22 Sep 2012  2012 Olympics: Rod Carr on the rise and rise of British Sailing
21 Sep 2012  Gold medallist Lijia Xu seeks sailing awareness, not fame
16 Sep 2012  2012 Olympics: Ainslie's coach, David Howlett, on what it takes to win
13 Sep 2012  Sail-World Mailbag: Readers respond to the Olympic Media Commentary
10 Sep 2012  Gladwell's Line: 2012 Olympic Review - The Media - Friend or Foe?
08 Sep 2012  2012 Paralympics: No racing possible on Final Day
08 Sep 2012  2012 Paralympics: Breeze fails to deliver on Portland Harbour
07 Sep 2012  London Paralympic Games - Fitzgibbon and Tesch receive gold medals
07 Sep 2012  Whang Youn Dai Acheivement Award finalists named
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World



Audi Hamilton Island Race Week: Riding the AC45 - VIDEO by Crosbie Lorimer, Hamilton Island










America's Cup: Five Challengers sign-on for 35th Match by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,


Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad talks Time and Money (Part II) *Feature by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,


















AWT Quatro Desert Showdown at Punta San Carlos by American Windsurfing Tour,
















America's Cup: Rod Davis - Time for a change after ten years with team *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,








Maxi yacht rendezvous this September in Sardinia by International Maxi Association,










IFDS Worlds - Hot competition on first day of racing
Challenging Conditions - CORK OCR
IFDS World Championship - Day 1 for the US Sailing Team
2014 Melges 20 World Championship - Countdown begins
2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games - Day 3
America's Cup: Team NZ wish Davis well with new team *Feature
Fisher's View: Sailing perfection at Hamilton Island- Day 3
Roble and Wilson still number one match racers in the U.S.
2014 Formula Kite World Championship Day 1
IFDS World Championship - Day 1 images by Jude Robertson
Volvo Ocean Race: Forget the f-word - Team SCA profiled
52 Super Series - Fleet grows, 2015 dates revealed
420 and 470 Junior Europeans - Teams from 9 nations on the podium
IFDS Worlds - Former president presented with ISAF awards medal
Nanjing Youth Olympic Games - Improvements aplenty in Byte CII fleets
America's Cup: New Zealand loses top coach to Artemis Racing
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 CEO Knut Frostad talks (Part I) *Feature
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race Day 9 - Swish on record pace
2014 CORK Olympic Classes Regatta - Day 3
2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games - Day 2
2014 IFDS World Championship: Opening Ceremony images   
Opera House Cup - Images by Ingrid Abery   
Teams descend upon Cowes for inaugural J/111 World Championships   
Hamilton Island Race Week: Everywhere there's smiley people   
IFDS World Championships - US Paralympic hopefuls ready for racing   
Sopot Match Race - Poland's Tour debut deemed a triumph   
Vineyard Race celebrates 80th running of the East Coast classic   
Nanjing Youth Olympic Games: Young sailors begin racing on Lake Jinniu   
AWT Quatro Desert Showdown - Victory for Morgan Noireaux   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race - Day 8: Test of endurance   
Bart's Bash: Over 2300 entered from 588 yacht clubs - Join here   
Halifax ready to welcome the world at 2014 IFDS World Championships   
RC44 World Championship title to Bronenosec + Video   
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week: Day 2 Images by Crosbie Lorimer   
IFDS Worlds - Gary Jobson to attend opening ceremonies   
Melges 32 U.S. National Championship - Dalton DeVos crowned champion   
2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games trailer   
2014 Chicago Grand Slam - Canfield wins   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Varuna takes overall lead   
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week; Crosbie Lorimer Day 1 Images   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT