Eight Bells: Paul Elvstrom:
Legendary Danish yachtsman Paul Elvstrøm died in his sleep at the age of 88 years on December 7, 2016. He died at his birthplace in Hellerup surrounded by his family.
Elvstrom, considered one of the greatest sailing athletes in the history of sailing, won four gold Olympic gold medals, beginning with the Firefly at 1948 London and then with the Finn at 1952 Helsinki, 1956 Melbourne, and 1960 Rome.
No Olympic athlete has won more than four consecutive gold medals, with this feat matched only by Ben Ainslie (sailing), Al Oerter (discus), Carl Lewis (long jump), and Michael Phelps (200 meter swimming medley).
After being a reserve on the Danish team in 1964, he then com…
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Young Sailor Has Big Goals:
DEAR CURMUDGEON: I’m a sophomore in high school, and since I began racing as a freshman, I’ve trained hard, learned fast, and became one of the most passionate sailors on my team. I am working very hard so that I could one day become an elite sailor in high school, and then in college, and after that, compete for USA at the Olympics. What advice do you have to help me fulfill my goals? – HUNGRY TO WIN
DEAR HUNGRY: Sounds like you already have a determined work ethic which is critical to succeed in any sport. However, if you do have Olympic aspirations, you should be pursuing them as soon as possible. I can assure …
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