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Robert SCHEIDT (BRA)

Robert SCHEIDT (BRA)The words Robert SCHEIDT and Laser World Champion are virtually synonymous. In September 2003 Robert finished second at the ISAF World Championship, but by May 2004 he had reclaimed the World Championship title for a record seventh time. Three months later, he had won the ultimate prize, an Olympic gold medal and became the first Laser sailor in history to win two Olympic Golds. However, he did not have it all his own way and the battle for gold went down to a nail biting final race.

Robert's other results are indicative of his dominance in the Laser class as he clinically claimed the top podium position at all the ISAF Graded Events he entered in the nomination period.

The exceptional performances of this sailor have seen him moving between first and second on the ISAF World Sailing Rankings throughout the period.

ISAF World Sailing Ranking at the end of the nomination period (3 August 2004) - 1

Current ISAF World Sailing Ranking (2 September 2004) - 1
1st - Olympic Sailing Competition, Grade W - August 2004
1st - Kieler Woche, Grade 1 - June 2004
1st - Laser World Championship, Grade W - May 2004 (7th Title)
1st - Semaine Olympique Française, Grade 1 - April 2004
1st - Laser Central and South American Championship, Grade 2 - February 2004
2nd - ISAF World Championship, Grade W - September 2003

Name Robert SCHEIDT
Date of Birth Robert SCHEIDT
Place of Birth Sao Paulo, Brazil
ISAF Sailor ID BRARS4
Profession Degree in Business, Mackenzie University
Website www.robertscheidt.com.br
Age started sailing 9
First boat sailed Optimist
Age started racing 9
First boat raced Optimist
What inspired you to take up sailing? Sailing the day sailer with my parents
How did you buy your first boat? My first boats were given to me by my parents
Which was your first sailing club? Yacht Club Santo Amaro
First Event competed in and Year Brazilian Championship, 1984
First Event won and Year South American Optimist Championship, 1986
Principle achievements Olympic Gold Medal 1996
Principle achievements Olympic Silver Medal 2000
Principle achievements Olympic Gold Medal 2004
Principle achievements World Championships
Principle achievements 1991 - IYRU Youth Sailing World Championship
Principle achievements 2002 - ISAF World Sailing Games
Principle achievements 7 Laser World Championship titles - 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2004
Principle achievements 1 on the ISAF World Sailing Rankings
Principle achievements All results are in the Laser
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2001
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date I received the 'Sports Pour le Merit' from the Brazilian Government
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date My achievements in sailing are popularising the sport. The sport of sailing has brought the greatest number of Olympic medals to the country.
What are your future sailing aspirations? Olympic Campaign 2008 and America's Cup 2007
Briefly state what sailing means to you The mixture between the constant - my skills in an increasingly fierce competition, and the relaxing movements of the water, wind and sails.
Who has had the greatest impact or inspiration in your sailing career and why? My coach Klaus Biekarck who is helping to improve my sailing skills for the last eight years.
Who do you consider to be your sailing hero? Paul ELVSTRÖM
What other sports do you participate in outside of sailing? I practice tennis, swimming and mountain-biking
Briefly state what being nominated for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award 2004 means to you The international recognition of all my sailing achievements in the last year.
If voted as the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2004, briefly say what will this mean to you? Being voted ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year is every sailor's dream.
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