Austria's Lara Vadlau has been sailing for more than half her life.
Her parents are keen sailors so the 16-year-old fell into the sport, first taking to the water when she was just seven.
She broke both her arms and injured her fingers while sailing in 2008, but has since gone on to win bronze in the 420 class at the 2010 Youth World Championship in Istanbul, Turkey.
Vadlau lives in Carinthea in Austria and her sailing base is the Kaernther Yachtclub Klagenfurt.
While sailing has taken her around the globe, she confesses she loves all sports.
The young Austrian also enjoys taking part in skiing, soccer, motorcycling and volleyball.
She says the most influential person in her career is her father.
She loves to play piano when she's not out on the water.
Vadlau hopes to one day qualify as a paediatrician, but not before she fulfils a lifelong dream of grabbing gold at an Olympic Games.
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