09 Sep 2015
A group of seven athletes made up of the crème de la crème of Olympic sailing today made a generous donation to The Olympic Museum in a ceremony attended by International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach.
In what was the largest amount of sailing equipment ever donated to The Museum, sails, gloves, Lycra tops, a bib, a tracksuit and shorts were handed over by the sailors, who between them have won 17 Olympic medals. The group was made up of five-time Olympic medallist Torben Grael (BRA; 2 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze), five-time Olympian and gold medallist Mateusz Kusznierewicz (POL), Olympic bronze medallist Jonathan Lobert (FRA), Olympic silver and bronze medallist Bruno Prada (BRA), four-time Olympian Mark Reynolds (USA; 2 gold, 1 silver), and Olympic gold medallists Max Salminen (SWE) and Fredrik Loof (SWE; 1 gold, 2 bronze).
Welcoming the donation, President Bach said: "This is a great evening for the sport of sailing and for The Olympic Museum. To receive these donations from this many Olympians telling their stories about their sporting lives and Olympic Games is fantastic. We are all looking forward to a great sailing event in Rio de Janeiro next year with the wonderful backdrop of that fantastic city."
The equipment will be on display in the Art Lounge of The Olympic Museum from today until 21 September 2015.
The donation was organised by the Star Sailors League (SSL).