Nick Dempsey: the British windsurfer-kitesurfer

Nick Dempsey, Great Britain's London 2012 windsurfing silver-medallist, may be seen competing at Rio 2016 in the kiteboard sailing class.


The famous British sailor admits the possibility of participating in the next Olympic Games, along with his wife, in the discipline set to replace windsurfing.

"There is potential for that, but there is also the potential for a lot of problems with that - we do have two kids, and to do that would require a lot of funding and a lot of sacrifices to be made", Dempsey said.

"I'm not sure where we both stand on that. If we both do it, it will be really tough, but that will depend on what she decides to sail, how good she is at it, how much sponsorship money she can raise and whether we both want to travel around the world as a family. It is a big call", he added.

Sarah Ayton, two-time Olympic sailing champion, has retired in 2011 to dedicate more time to her children. Now, at 31, she might be evaluating a glorious comeback in Brazilian waters.

Nick and Sarah have already experimented the sensations of kiteboarding. "She really, really wanted to do that, then I would support whatever she wanted to do. But we'll see", underlines Dempsey.