Over the last few weeks, the whole world looked at Rio de Janeiro, the Olympic centre, where it all happened. At the Magic Marine headquarters we had a long preparation period building up to the Olympics. We worked closely together with the international teams to make sure they had the best possible outfits for all different conditions they would face in Rio. When the time was finally there and the event started, we all followed the racing very closely and cheered for our teams.
The ten days of racing were a true rollercoaster. Top favorites in the Nacra 17 Billy Besson and Marie Riou faced a major back injury shortly before racing started. There where big doubts if the team would even be able to start since Billy was sitting in a wheelchair due to the seriousness of his injury. Billy and Marie kept fighting during the whole regatta and finished at a 6th place overall. On the other hand, in the same Nacra 17 class a very emotional gold medal was won by Magic Marine team members Santiago Lange and Cecilia Carranza. Only a few months ago, at the end of 2015, Santiago battled in a fight against lung cancer. One of his lungs was removed and afterwards he pushed all possible boundaries to be prepared and race ready for the Olympics. To finish his 6th Olympic Campaign with a gold medal together with Cecilia, and surrounded by friends and family cheering for him and his sons who also competed at the Olympics, makes him a true hero.
Also in the 49’er FX Class, team Magic Marine showed a great achievement. Hometown favourites Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze won the gold medal in a nerve-wrecking medal race. The top four teams where extremely close while entering the medal race, where the Brazilian girls managed to stay calm and finished only a few seconds before the girls from New Zealand. Martine and Kahena had to deal with a lot of extra pressure starting as favorites in their own country, but they made their dream come true and we are extremely proud to be part of there Olympic journey.
While looking back on this road to Rio we also want to take a look at our Magic Marine Olympic debutants. Dutch 470 women Afrodite Kyranakou and Anneloes van Veen ended up at a 4th place during there first time participating at the games. A great achievement which gives the girls a lot of confidence to continue there road together for another four years.
The Argentinian 49’er sailors Yago and Klaus Lange, who are the sons of gold medal winner Santiago Lange, found themselves fighting in the medal race where they reached a respectable 7th place overall.
Next to sponsoring our own team riders, Magic Marine is also sponsor of the Royal Dutch Sailing Association. This team came home with two gold medals; Marit Bouwmeester in the Laser Radial and Dorian van Rijsselberghe - the defending Olympic Champion from London 2012 managed to again win a gold medal in the RS:X Class.
We can conclude that the 2016 Olympic games were very successful for Magic Marine, with a total of four gold medals.
Our other teams that competed pushed their boundaries and learned a lot for upcoming regatta’s. We are really proud on all our team members and can’t wait to see what the future will bring us!
Photos: Sailing Energy