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Torben Grael

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 1
Bronze 2
Total 5
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameTorben•Schmidt Grael
Used nameTorben•Grael
Born22 July 1960 in São Paulo, São Paulo (BRA)
Measurements185 cm / 88 kg
AffiliationsRio Yacht Club, Niterói (BRA)
NOC(s) Brazil

Biography

Torben Grael was the first sailor to win five Olympic medals, although the mark has been equalled, and several others have won more gold medals than Grael’s two. Grael learned sailing at a young age, when his Danish grandfather used to take him out sailing. His first world title came in 1978, when he won the junior Snipe event. He would later win the senior title in 1983 and 1987. Meanwhile, Grael also started to sail on the Brazilian Soling team, winning the 1983 Pan American Games title, while finishing runner up at the 1984 Olympics and 1985 Worlds. Grael’s main focus then switched to the two-person Star. At the Seoul Games, he won a bronze with Nelson Falcão, after which his partner became Marcelo Ferreira. Together, they won two Olympic titles (1996 and 2004) and a bronze in 2000. Remarkably, they only won one world title (in 1990), although they earned five silver and two bronze medals at the World Championships between 1991 and 2005. Grael is also an accomplished ocean sailor, most notably, winning the 2008/9 Volvo Ocean Race as skipper of the Ericsson 4 team, winning five legs during the race. Torben’s brother, Lars Grael is also an Olympic sailor, having won two bronze medals in the Tornado class.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1984 Summer Olympics Sailing Three Person Keelboat, Open Olympic Brazil 2 Silver Representing Brazil    
1988 Summer Olympics Sailing Two Person Keelboat, Open Olympic Nelson Falcão 3 Bronze Representing Brazil    
1992 Summer Olympics Sailing Two Person Keelboat, Open Olympic Marcelo Ferreira 11 Representing Brazil    
1996 Summer Olympics Sailing Two Person Keelboat, Open Olympic Marcelo Ferreira 1 Gold Representing Brazil    
2000 Summer Olympics Sailing Two Person Keelboat, Open Olympic Marcelo Ferreira 3 Bronze Representing Brazil    
2004 Summer Olympics Sailing Two Person Keelboat, Men Olympic Marcelo Ferreira 1 Gold Representing Brazil    

Other participations

Games Role Details
2004 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony Representing Brazil    

Olympic family relations

Special Notes