He is back in Olympic sailing: after the laser, star boat and laser again, Brazil's sailing star Robert Scheidt has now opted for the fast 49er. The 43-year-old father of two sons is preparing with the crew Gabriel Borges for the first World Cup regatta in the same area at the Miami Mid Winters. This year, the exceptional sailor wants to find out whether he can catch up with the world's best in the high-performance dinghy. Olympic attempt number seven since 1996 (!) Has started.
The initiative was taken by the crew member Gabriel Borges, who was one of the youngest teams who sailed in eleventh place at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro with Marco Grael from the famous Grael family and now wants to make another Olympic attempt with his idol.
On his 43rd birthday, Robert Scheidt thanks his fans and supporters. You can see the five Olympic medals that he was able to win in his unique career. And it's not over yet …
As fourth in the Olympics, Scheidt said goodbye at his sixth Olympic Games with a brilliant victory in the final medal race, but without precious metal. Now he's back and wants to "relax" and examine his options and possibilities. Scheidt told Brazilian media: "I always thought that Rio would be my last games. But when Gabriel asked me if I didn't want to test the 49er, I thought: why not test a new class?"
This is how Robert Scheidt was last known: in the laser and in this scene in a duel with Vice World Champion Philipp Buhl
Scheidt says he still has energy in him. And a lot of motivation. The coming years will show where the 49er will take him. He knows that there is a huge mountain of work ahead of him. But he also wants to enjoy the work in the new class. The past has shown how this can end with Robert Scheidt: Gold in the Laser in Savannah in 1996 and Athens in 2004. Silver in the Laser in Sydney 2000 and in the Starboot in Qingdao 2008. Bronze in the Starboot in Weymouth 2012. Plus eleven World Championship titles in the Laser. It will be interesting to see what Scheidt still has on it.
The World Cup regatta in front of Miami, in which German national team sailors also take part, begins on January 24th and ends with the medal races on January 29th. Germany's most successful laser helmsman Philipp Buhl is working for the first time with his new trainer Alex Schlonski. Regarding the class change of his long-time opponent Scheidt, Buhl said: "I think that some of the subtleties will still take him a while. But I am sure that he will get involved." Erik Heil, who won bronze in the 49er with Thomas Plößel in Rio, said: "Robert Scheidt is a legend. A cool guy with whom we are sure to have a few battles in the years to come."
The king of the laser class has now switched to the 49er