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Paul Foerster

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 2
Bronze 0
Total 3
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full namePaul Jeffrey•Foerster
Used namePaul•Foerster
Born19 November 1963 in Rangely, Colorado (USA)
Measurements172 cm / 68 kg
AffiliationsRush Creek Yacht Club, Heath, TX
NOC United States

Biography

Paul Foerster dreamed of going to the Olympics as a boy, but soon realized he was probably not going to make it in basketball, as he had hoped, because of his height of 173 cm (5-8). Foerster started sailing when he began school at the University of Texas, and eventually received All-American honors three times from the ICYRA (later ICSA [Intercollegiate Sailing Association]). He would compete at four Olympics Games in sailing: 1988, 1992, 2000, and 2004.

Foerster raced Flying Dutchman boats at the 1988 and 1992 Olympics, winning a silver in Barcelona alongside Stephen Bourdow. He switched to 470 Class for his last two Olympics, winning silver with Bob Merrick in 2000 and a gold medal in 2004 with Kevin Burnham . Foerster was on US Sailing teams from 1986 to 2004. Through 2016, Foerster is one of only two US sailors to win three Olympic medals, with Mark Reynolds.

Foerster’s other sailing accomplishments include winning World Championships in Flying Dutchman in 1991 and 1992, winning a 1995 Pan American Games gold medal in J/24 class, and winning a bronze medal in 470 at the 2004 European Championships. He also won the Kiel Week regatta in 470s in 1998.

Foerster graduated from Texas in 1987 with a degree in aerospace engineering. He later became a mechanical design engineer for Raytheon.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1988 Summer Olympics Sailing USA Paul Foerster
Two Person Heavyweight Dinghy, Open (Olympic) Andrew Goldman 11
1992 Summer Olympics Sailing USA Paul Foerster
Two Person Heavyweight Dinghy, Open (Olympic) Stephen Bourdow 2 Silver
2000 Summer Olympics Sailing USA Paul Foerster
Two Person Dinghy, Men (Olympic) Bob Merrick 2 Silver
2004 Summer Olympics Sailing USA Paul Foerster
Two Person Dinghy, Men (Olympic) Kevin Burnham 1 Gold

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