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Tamara Echegoyen, Angela Pumariega and Sofia Toro (ESP)

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Factfile

Name Támara Echegoyen Domínguez
Ángela Pumariega Menendez
Sofia Toro Prieto-Puga
Nation Spain
Date of Birth 17 February 1984 12 November 1984
19 August 1990
Place of Birth Ourense Gijon, Asturias A Coruna
Class sailed Women's match racing
Profession Student Student Student
Website www.facebook.com/Echegoyen-Pumariega-Toro-Match-Race-Team
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Spain's Tamara Echegoyen, Angela Pumariega and Sofio Toro ripped apart the women's match racing form book at the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition to win gold in spectacular style.

Their no holds barred approach and fearless style of match racing in the high pressure Olympic sailing environment saw the Spaniards, ranked #8 in the world, sail an emphatic round robin series where they picked up key victories against pre-event favourites. Thrown in at the deep end on the opening day, they breezed through their matches against 2010 ISAF Women's Match Racing World Champion Lucy Macgregor (GBR) and World #1 Anna Tunnicliffe and never looked back.

Light work was made of the experienced Claire Leroy (FRA) in the Quarter Finals and they overturned an early loss against Ekaterina Skudina (RUS) in the Semi Finals. They squared up against the Australian team in an epic big wind final where they elements played as much a part of the drama as their opponents.

The pendulum swung back and forth as the crews entertained 5,000 expectant spectators on the Nothe. With the scores locked at 2-2 it all came down to a nail biting winner takes all decider and Echegoyen, Pumariega and Toro held their nerve to take the ultimate prize.

Acheivements between 31 September 2011 and 31 August 2012

Gold medal - London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition, Weymouth and Portland, GBR - July 2012

12 - ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship, Gothenburg, SWE - June 2012
8 - Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta, Weymouth & Portland, GBR - June 2012
7 - Semaine Olympique Française de Voile, Hyeres, FRA - April 2012
4 - Trofeo SAR Princess Sofia MAPFRE, Palma de Majorca, ESP - March 2012
6 - US SAILING's Rolex Miami OCR Miami, USA - January 2012
12 - Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships, Perth, AUS - December 2011

6 overall - 2011-12 ISAF Sailing World Cup

Q&A

What inspired you to take up sailing?

TE: I have always lived near the coast, it was parents idea to enroll me in sailing classes at a very early age.
AP: My parents love the sea, they were windsurfers and sailed in big boats too. When I was young I did some sailing classes and I enjoyed it very much.
ST: I started sailing because my parents liked the sea and my grandparents were great sailors.

What was the first boat you ever sailed and how old were you?

TE: My first boat was an Optimist and I was six years old
AP: I started sailing in a Cadet when I was 10 years old
ST: The first time was in an Optimist when I was seven years old.

Name your first sailing club

TE: Real Club Nautico de Vigo
AP: Real Club Astur de Regattas (RCAR)
ST: Real Club Nautico de la Coruna


What was the first event you competed in and in what year?

TE: My first competition was a regional race in 1991
AP: It was the Asturias Cadet Championship (regional event) in 1995. It was my first event and I finished second
ST: It was in 1999 and it was a local championship


What are you personal sailing career highlights?

TE: My most important career highlight was particpating in the Olympics and the gold medal was a dream come true. AP: Spanish Junior Snipe Champion 2001 & 2002; 2nd Junior Snipe Europeans 2002; 2nd Spanish Snipe Championship 2004; 2nd Snipe Masters Worlds; 7th Snipe Worlds 2007; Spanish Match Racing Champion 2010, 2011; Bronze Medal Delta Lloyd Regatta 2010; Iberoamerican match race champion 2010; European Match Racing Champion 2011; Gold Medal Olympic Games London 2012.
ST: My best result was the gold medal in the European Championship 2011 and the gold medal in the Olympic Games in 2012.


What are your future sailing goals?

TE: My goals are to continue my Olympic career and to start ocean sailing
AP: I would like to do another Olympic campaign but I still don't know in which class. What is certain is that I will continue in match racing, an amazing event.
ST: I am thinking about this because match racing won't be in Rio 2016. I will continue to match race but I would like to sail in another Olympic class.

Who has had the greatest impact on your sailing and career and why?

TE: Pablo Iglesias was my coach and he is now my best friend. We have been together for 17 years learning from each other every day. He has always been by my side in good and bad times.
AP: Felix Gancedo, when I was a junior sailor in the Snipe, I sailed with him for 2 years. I leaned a lot of things, he was very experienced sailor. He went to teh Olympics and was who told me to fight for my dream of being in London.
ST: My brother is the most important person in my sailing career because he always supports me and he gives me good advice.

Who is your sailing hero?

TE: Rafa Trujillo
AP: Iker Martinez and Xabi Fernandez - I think they are the most complete sailoars.
ST: My sailing hero is Chuny Bermudez de Castro, because he's from my city and from my sailing club.

What other sports do you enjoy?

TE: Cycling, try doing some surfing and running events
AP: I like very much surfing and snowboarding - I practice every time I can!
ST: I like swimming and surfing.

What does being nominated for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards mean to you and how would you feel if you were voted the winner?

TE: It's the best recognition to a sailors' career. I would feel very fortunate if I was voted the winner.
AP: Being nominated is continuing the dream after the gold medal. This was a great year for the team, but a hard year too, after not qualifying in Perth, we had to go to Miami to qualify the country. Then we won the Spanish trials and then won the gold medal. Amazing year with a lot of work. I think this nomination would be the reward of the three years we were together and the improvement of the team in a very short time. If my team is the winner I will be very very happy, it is the best thing that could happen to a sailor.
ST: It's amazing to be nominated for these awards, I never would have imagined it. And if I were the winner I would be very happy because for me it's the most important reward for a sailor.
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