RS:X SAILORS AT THE RIO OPENING CEREMONY

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RS:X sailors bearing their country flag in the Rio Opening Ceremony

Sailing was one of the best represented sports at the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in the Maracana Stadium last night.

Two RS:X windsurfers, 2012 London Silver medallist Tuuli Petaja Siren from Finland and 7x Olympian Joao Rodrigues from Portugal had the honour of carrying their country’s flag at yesterday’s opening ceremony.

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“I lack the words to express all that I’m feeling right now! In the last couple of days, I’ve found myself dropping tears of joy when I hear our National Anthem or see our flag. They are tears of joy and tonight, it will be the culmination of 28 years with the Olympic Games as a background. An honour and such a privilege!”  Joao Rodrigues, just before last night’s opening ceremony.

Men’s windsurfing will start in two days on Monday, three races are scheduled to start at 1300 Brazil time.

Here are some useful links:

World Sailing Olympic Website

World of Windsurf Editions8 RS:X Updates

Rio 2016 Schedule

Rio 2016 Olympic Sailors

Text: Sam Sills / RS:X Class Media / World Sailing | Photography – Sailing Energy/World Sailing
The Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition features 380 athletes from 66 nations, in 274 boats racing across ten Olympic disciplines. Racing runs from Monday 8 August through to Thursday 18 August 2016 with 217 male and 163 female sailors racing out of Marina da Gloria in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Sailing made its Olympic debut in 1900 and has been a mainstay at every Olympic Games since 1908. For more information or requests please contact Daniel Smith at World Sailing on marketing@sailing.org or phone +44 (0) 7771 542 131.

The Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition features 380 athletes from 66 nations, in 274 boats racing across ten Olympic disciplines. Racing runs from Monday 8 August through to Thursday 18 August 2016 with 217 male and 163 female sailors racing out of Marina da Gloria in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Sailing made its Olympic debut in 1900 and has been a mainstay at every Olympic Games since 1908. For more information or requests please contact Daniel Smith at World Sailing on marketing@sailing.org or phone +44 (0) 7771 542 131.