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Lee KORSIZ (ISR)

Lee KORSIZ (ISR)History was made when Lee claimed her Gold Medal at the 2003 ISAF World Championship in Cadiz. Her triumph at the Worlds as the youngest ever female windsurfer to win the Mistral World Championship was matched by the history she made in becoming the first Israeli woman to win a World Championship in any sport. Whilst her claim on the Gold was only secured in the final race, Lee dominated the women's fleet in Cadiz from day one, and her result also qualified Israel for the 2004 Olympic Regatta.

A newcomer to the sport of windsurfing, Lee has enjoyed a meteoric rise in the Mistral fleet over the past twelve months, leaving her fellow sailors in her wake.

Prior to the 2003 Worlds, her best result was a fourth at the Athens Regatta 2003, which is even more impressive considering she only entered the ISAF World Rankings in October 2002 with a ranking of 82. A world ranking which has now risen to 22 as at 1 October 2003.

The Achievements of Lee korsiz

23rd - Mistral European Championship, September 2002 - Grade 1
27th - Mistral World Championship, December 2002 - Grade W
8th - Semaine Olympique Francaise, May 2003 - Grade 1
7th - Mistral European Championship, May 2003 - Grade 1
8th - Kieler Woche, June 2003 - Grade 1
4th - Athens Regatta, August 2003 - Ungraded
1st - 2003 ISAF World Championship - Mistral, September 2003 - Grade W

ISAF World Sailing Ranking - Windsurfer Women - Mistral One Design (1 October 2003) = 22

Name Lee KORSIZ
Date of Birth 30766
Place of Birth Hadera, ISR
Profession Soldier
ISAF Sailor ID ISRLK1
Age started sailing 8
First boat sailed Sailboard
Age started racing 14
First boat raced Sailboard - Aloha
What inspired you to take up sailing? I love the ocean
How did you buy your first boat? It was a club boat
Which was your first sailing club? Michmoret - Emek Hefer Sailing Club
First Event competed in and Year Korakim Memorial Race 1998
First Event won and Year ASA National School Championship in 1998
Principle achievements 1st 2003 ISAF World Championship - Mistral
Principle achievements 7th Mistral European Championship 2003
Principle achievements 8th Keiler Woche 2003
Principle achievements 15th 470 European Championship 2001 in Ireland
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date Winning a gold medal at the ISAF World Championship in 2003 in Cadiz
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date 1st at the 2002 Mistral Women Israeli Championship
What are your future sailing aspirations? Olympic Gold Medal in 2004
Briefly state what sailing means to you It is the think I like best
Who has had the greatest impact or inspiration in your sailing career and why? Gal FRIDMAN - he taught me most of what I know about sailing
Who do you consider to be your sailing hero? Barbara Kendall - a big champion with many titles and great persistence
Who do you consider to be your sailing hero? Zeev Glauter - founder of my sailing club and local hero
What other sports do you participate in outside of sailing? Wave sailing, surfing, snowboarding, roller blading, skate boarding (extreme sports), judo - (I was Israeli National champion till 14)
Who do you consider to be the greatest sailor in the World and why? Barbara Kendall - for being at the top for so many years, a big champion and yet so modest
If voted as the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2003, briefly say what will this mean to you? I can't even imagine such honour.
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