Vasilij Zbogar

Article wrote by Vasilij Zbogar, double Laser medallist (bronze in 2004 and silver in 2008). Rio will be his fifth Olympic Games, the second in a row in the Finn Class.

My fifth Olympic games. It has been a long journey, more than 30 years of sailing, a journey I would repeat over and over again. I went through everything: pain, joy, fail, win… But at the end I am happy, I am happy because no matter what I have always give the best possible. I am expecting my fifth Olympics with great optimism and a lot of experience. 5 a magic number, like 5 Olympic circles.

Vasilij Zbogar

Vasilij Zbogar

I remember my first Olympics like it was yesterday. I mostly slept in the car traveling around Europe to get experience.  Today I have 3 coaches, physio, psychologist. In my career I made a lot of mistakes but this mistakes made me what I am today, a sailor from a small country who has two Olympic medals in his pocket and still wants some more. For my last Olympics I chose the hardest sailing boat on the Olympic games. I call it the brutal Finn. I may be the oldest sailor in the fleet but I can tell you one thing –  if the other sailors want to be ahead of me I will give them hell before they do.

Zbogar (right) with Geritzer (AUT) and Scheidt (BRA), the podium in the Laser Class at Athens 2004

Zbogar (right) with Geritzer (AUT) and Scheidt (BRA), the podium in the Laser Class at Athens 2004