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18 August 2010, 09:35 am
Sailing Champ Sets Her Sights High
Youth Olympic Games in Singapore
Team Israel for Sailing Naomi Cohen and Mayan Rafic

Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games

Everyone loves winning, don't they? The same goes for Israel sailing champ, Naomi Cohen.
It has been a nice string of victories for Neomi Cohen. She emerged top in the qualifiers for the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Rome last April and just three weeks ago, she emerged victorious in the Techno U17 Girls World Championship in Martigues, France.

Winning the gold medal here will certainly be like adding 'icing to the cake' to Naomi Cohen's recent wins.

"I will scream if I win the gold," Naomi said, laughing.

When asked who she thinks is her strongest competitor, she promptly rattled off almost every country in the race. Perhaps, this is her strategy by not underestimating her opponents.

Naomi's closest competitor in the qualifiers, Sin Peng Yong from Singapore finished her race a point behind Naomi, and she has home ground advantage this time around.

Nevertheless, this never dampens her spirits. She replied, "I want to do everything, makes friends, compete and do my best".

This cheerful 16 year-old lives by the sea and loves it. She also tells us that everyone in her hometown sails, presumably because the weather is usually hot.

She started taking part in the sport at the age of 10. But curiously, she does not like eating and is particularly fussy about food. It was not always smooth sailing for Naomi, despite what it appears.

She sets high expectations for herself.
"It would sound stupid, but last year, in the World Championships, I came in fifth and I was really sad. It was like a breaking point."

With the encouragement of her friends and her coach, they began training again and she regained her confidence. She is now all set to try to win in her upcoming Youth Games sailing competition.

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