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

12:19 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

The Sailing Instructions for the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Final that will be held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates from 26-30 November have been published. All ten Olympic events and an Open Kiteboarding event will be contested in the Emirati capital off of the stunning Corniche. ... [more]  

Italy's Giulia Conti and Francesca Clapcich have been one of the leading teams in the Women's Skiff, the 49erFX, and head to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates ready for the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final. ... [more]  

St Barth Cata Cup day 3 by Dominique Ladouceur
Day three’s race was a lot more difficult than yesterday’s at the St-Barth Cata Cup due to b winds. After pushing back the morning race to 2p.m. due to 30 knots winds at the tip of Colombier, the race committee decided to stick to only one race in the afternoon. ... [more]  

Team Alivimedica skipper Charlie Enright and navigator Will Oxley sat with Andy Rice to assess Leg 2 before the start in Cape Town. Here is the second part of the Leg Two analysis. ... [more]  

Position report for the Volvo Ocean Race boats as of 24th November 0700 UTC. It's been a fairly quiet night out there - and the biggest change is that the boats are beginning to close up, and become more compact. ADOR, who gybed north first, around six hours before the rest of the fleet on Saturday night, have moved south a little, whereas the rest of the boats have remained in the same line. ... [more]  

The 10 competing teams at the RC44 Oman Cup enjoyed a great sailing day on the Gulf of Oman for the penultimate day of the 2014 Championship Tour. Terry Hutchinson continued to guide Vladimir Prosihkin’s Team Nika the right way around the course, extending their lead in the overall standings, adding another race win to their scoreline, Team Aqua stay second with Charisma hanging onto third. ... [more]  

Position report for the Volvo Ocean Race fleet as of 23 November, 1900 UTC. Four days into the Leg 2, and the fleet is finally making progress towards Abu Dhabi. The seven boats are now south of Madagascar, and they’ve been heading north since last night. ... [more]  

Position report for the Volvo Ocean Race boats as of 0748 UTC, November 23rd. So what happened overnight? Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing were the first to head north and then progressively the other boats in the fleet decided to follow their lead. The fleet is really close together. ... [more]  

The America's Cup roared into life on Friday with the publication of a story out of San Diego, saying that the Californian venue had missed getting the nod as the venue for the next America's Cup. And that being the case, then the British Overseas Territory of Bermuda seems to have got the nod. ... [more]  

VX ONE Winter Series 2014: It was a family affair at the top of the leaderboard for the opening weekend of the VX One Winter Series. Michael, Christina, Robert and Phillip Norris bested 21 other teams at Sarasota Sailing Squadron to take the advantage in the three-weekend series, which continues through March 2015. ... [more]  

With no team able to discard the last event of the season, the podium positions were by no means secure as last day of racing got underway at the RC44 Oman Cup, in a sedate seven-knot breeze. Going into the final day Vladimir Prosikhin’s Team Nika, with tactician Terry Hutchinson calling the shots, sat at the top of the leader board having shown an unmatched level of consistency in Muscat. ... [more]  

Usual skipper Seve Jarvin and for’ard hand Sam Newton were joined in the team by James Wierzbowski for today’s race and led from shortly after the to defeat defending champion Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon, Dave O’Connor, Dave Ewings) by 38s. Coopers 62-Rag and Famish Hotel (Jack Macartney, Mark Kennedy, Peter Harris) was a further 21s back in third place. ... [more]  

Overall race leader, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (Ian Walker) has had an eventful few days since the start in Cape Town on Wednesday. Their goal is to be first home in their home port of Abu Dhabi - six other boats willing. ... [more]  

2014 Argo Group Gold Cup - Take time to remember. It was mid-October, one week before the brilliant Sunday Finals of the Argo Group Gold Cup and Bermuda was slammed by the second major storm in a week. Tropical Storm Fay - or was it Hurricane Fay by then— had hit Bermuda with a sneaky left jab only five days earlier. ... [more]  

2014 Turkey Day Regatta - The largest of Alamitos Bay Yacht Club's popular holiday sailing competitions the 67th Turkey Day Regatta has nearly 300 sailors on 216 boats in 21 classes, several of them world champions taking the weekend seriously. ... [more]  

Brian Carlin, On Board Reporter for Team Vestas Wind reports on the delights of using the 'bathroom' while clocking along at 20kts plus in the Southern Ocean. ... [more]  

At the RC44 Oman Cup the 10 competing teams enjoyed a great sailing day on the Gulf of Oman for the penultimate day of the 2014 Championship Tour. Racing started in a seven-knot north-westerly breeze which built steadily throughout the day. ... [more]  

The world’s largest sailing media group, Sail-World.com, held its first continental group meeting at the Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) this week. METS is the world’s largest B2B Marine show and this year it had a record 1358 exhibitors and more than 21,000 Marine industry representatives. ... [more]  

At the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 2013 World Champion Florian Gruber is expecting the Open Formula Kiteboarding event to be the, 'strongest fleet this year.' ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Fleet heads into the Southern Ocean + Videos *Feature by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz
At the latest report, Volvo Ocean Race Control, reported Dongfeng Race Team as being the leader in the second leg to Abu Dhabi. Winds were reported to be 18-25kts, with Team Vestas Wind and Team SCA recording the highest boatspeed of 20kts. ... [more]  

2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Final - Abu Dhabi - The ISAF Sailing World Cup Final in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates is set to be an 'experience of a lifetime' according to American Women's 470 sailor Briana Provancha. ... [more]  

America's Cup: Source named in Bermuda venue leak *Feature by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz
San Diego sports journalist, Matt Calkins, has named one of the sources of comment that the 35th America's Cup will be held in the British Oversea Territory of Bermuda. Writing in the San Diego Union Tribune, Calkins claimed that San Diego Tourism Authority CEO, Joe Terzi, had told the U-T. ... [more]  

2014 RC44 Oman Cup - Consistency was hard to come by and no team managed to stay in the top half of the fleet in all three races. Chris Bake’s Team Aqua (GBR) was the most consistent team of the day picking up 11-points, Nika and Charisma both added 12-points to their overall score. ... [more]  

Team Vestas Wind’s Rob Salthouse perches perilously on the edge of his bunk, eyes fixed on a well-earned freeze-dried feast, steam snaking up towards his nostrils. ... [more]  

Ensuring a safe fuel supply for America’s 12 million registered boat owners may have to wait, said Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that the agency will further delay the final rule on how much ethanol refiners must blend into the nation’s gasoline supply under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). ... [more]  

Yates Cup: US supermaxi Rio100 wins first offshore race + Video *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz
The supermaxi Bakewell-White design, Rio100 (Manouch Moshayedi, USA) has won her first race, sailing in the Yates Cup. She finished at 7.30am on Saturday morning, followed by the Botin 80 Beau Geste 14 minutes later with the Volvo 70 Giacomo 67minutes later. See video in this story. ... [more]  

The wind continued to blow on day four of the Airwaves Noumea PWA Dream Cup to produce another action packed day in New Caledonia, as a further three races for the men and four races for the women were completed in 15-25 knot winds. By the end of the day Ben Van Der Steen headed to the top of the rankings after a near perfect display. ... [more]  

The Oman RC44 Cup delivered another challenging sailing day for the fleet competing in the final event of the 2014 Championship Tour. Consistency was hard to come by and no team managed to stay in the top half of the fleet in all three races. Team Aqua was the most consistent team of the day picking up 11-points, Nika and Charisma both added 12-points to their overall score. ... [more]  

The fast southeast sailing continues in the Volvo Ocean Race but where excitement and adrenaline began—discomfort has taken over. We’re seeing an average of about 25 knots of wind but the sea state is making life somewhat miserable! ... [more]  

To summarize the last 24 hours of the Volvo Ocean Race in one word: change. The weather, the water, the sails, and our bodies are all equally (and rapidly) changing. The first full day at sea, we have experienced what some trips see in a week—if they’re lucky enough. However, that said, change can also be frustrating. ... [more]  

A new and exciting Viper 640 European Event in 2015 has been announced by Rondar Boats Ltd. Lake Garda is one of the great sailing venues and already there are signed up entries from the UK and Australia, with potential entries from the USA. It’s a serious sailing regatta and Italian holiday in one event! ... [more]  

On Monday 17 November, an impressive line-up of speakers at 13th International Sailing Summit shared ideas and best practice from around the world, demonstrating how the sailing industry can change to increase and retain participation, through innovation, technology and cultural changes. British Cycling has seen its membership grow by 567% since 2005. ... [more]  

GC32 Racing Tour: State-of-the-art in catamaran design, the GC32 is attracting considerable interest due to its conceptual similarity to the AC72 and AC62 foiling catamarans pioneered in the America’s Cup. However as the GC32s are smaller one designs with soft sail rigs, they provide both professional teams and private owners with the opportunity to experience airborne catamaran racing. ... [more]  

Class 40-footers to be featured in 2015 Annapolis-to-Newport Race
Spectacular performance by Bakewell-White maxi early in first race *Feature
Airwaves Noumea PWA Dream Cup - Big strides for Cousin and Moussilmani
America's Cup: Team New Zealand responds to Venue rumours *Feature
ORC reveals rule improvements for 2015
Volvo Ocean Race - Hammer down for Team Alvimedica
Volvo Ocean Race - Team SCA heads for unknown territory
ISAF Sailing World Cup Final set to be 'an experience of a lifetime'
RC44 Oman Cup - Team Nika gets a taste for the podium + Video
St Barth Cata Cup 2014 - Game on!
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014 - Wild Oats XI reveals new livery
Rolex Sydney Hobart 2014 - Wild Oats XI and Audi ready: photos
Volvo Ocean Race: Meek's tips pay dividend in Leg 2 squalls and calms *Feature
Volvo Ocean Race - Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing in search of hometown glory
Airwaves Noumea PWA Dream Cup - Waiting game continues on day 2
Barcelona World Race skippers named as scientific agents
Volvo Ocean Race: Stop-start battle to the Cape of Good Hope
Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 2 starts at high speed in 35kt winds
Volvo Ocean Race - Team SCA off to gutsy leg 2 start
ISAF Sailing World Cup Final - Heroes and champions in Nacra 17 fleet
ISAF Sailing World Cup Final - Talented Finn pack all set   
RC44 Oman Cup - Synergy crowned RC44 Match Race Champions   
Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 2 start - action replay video from Cape Town   
Volvo Ocean Race: Team Alvimedica on tour in Cape Town   
15th Ambassadors Cup - Brazil claims victory   
Route du Rhum - Alex Pella first ever Spanish skipper to finish first   
SSL Finals 2014 - Star World Champion Stanjek to race with Olesen   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne: Finn fight looming on Port Phillip   
Rugby man appointed Chief Executive Officer of Yachting Australia   
Welcome back: Congressional Cup Joins Alpari World Match Racing Tour   
18ft Skiffs: Smeg's second Red-Line run down Sydney harbour in 40kts *Feature   
Volvo Ocean Race: Start Wednesday - Cyclone season awaits Leg 2 fleet   
Airwaves Noumea PWA Dream Cup - Opening day in New Caledonia   
RORC Transatlantic Race - Competitive fleet ready to race   
Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 2 Media Conference - Full replay *Feature   
Volvo Ocean Race - Team Vestas Wind ready to race   
Volvo Ocean Race: Young sailors get behind ADOR ahead of Leg 2   
18fters: Getting through the 'Death Zone' in a 35kt breeze *Feature   
Volvo Ocean Race: Sam Davies speaks openly about the first leg *Feature   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Final: Exciting 49er and 49erFX action expected   


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 WAS US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT