Nick Dempsey eyes the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

November 21, 2012 | Windsurfing
Nick Dempsey: jibing for gold

Nick Dempsey is looking forward to compete in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The experienced British sailor had studied a kiteboarding chance, but since windsurfing was re-instated in the Olympic track, he will go for it in RS:X.

Dempsey is going to train hard to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, under the British flag. In four years time, he will be 35 years old.

"After a lot of really good discussions this week I made the decision to go for it. The reality is being an Olympic windsurfer is bloody hard work, and it is a huge commitment", Nick Dempsey told the BBC.

"When it comes to age, I just look at athletes across all sports to know that there is nothing wrong with the body at 35. Ben Ainslie was 35 when he won his fourth Olympic sailing gold medal this summer".

Nick Dempsey has already sailed in four Olympic Games. Brazil would be his fifth attempt to go for gold. The British windsurfer has one bronze medal (Athens 2004) and one silver medal (London 2012).

"I love Brazil, I know the waters and the fact it is a light wind venue means certain parts of your training can be a lot more controllable than they were for Weymouth".

Age is not a problem when it comes to RS:X windsurfing. Nikos Kaklamanakis was 36 when claiming the silver medal in the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. João Rodrigues, Portuguese windsurfer, has competed at London 2012 at the age of 40.

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