Olympic sailor Robert Scheidt has been sailing in Rio for over 25 years, and will be representing Brazil in the 2016 Olympic games (though his ancestors originally came from Germany). Having already won 2 gold medals, Scheidt is a seasoned Olympic competitor who will be bringing fierce competition to Rio this summer.
Scheidt’s first time competing at the Olympics was in 1996, but this is the first Olympic games that he is not going into as one of the favorites. At the age of 43, he is the oldest member of the Brazilian sailing team, but that does not stop his determination and focus to take home a third gold medal.
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LP: Let’s start off with the question Karl-Martin asked during his interview series, “what is your biggest strength on the water?”
Regarding Karl’s question, I think my biggest strength is never giving up, no matter what is going on in the race.
LP: That’s great. What do you think about your team? How prepared are you all for the Olympics?
We are definitely well prepared, but we are not at our best yet.
LP: You still have time- roughly 38 days, I believe. What makes Rio a great sailing venue?
The diversity of its many courses.
LP: Yeah, we’ve been hearing that a lot lately. What is there to do in Rio when you’re not sailing?
We go to some beaches and eat out at some nice restaurants.
LP: Sounds great! So, why did you start sailing?
My father is a sailor and he got me involved when I was 5 years old.
LP: Wow! Young age. How do you stay healthy during big events? And avoid jet-lag?
I am sure to eat well and get lots of sleep. Also, I get to the location early in the morning and try my best not to sleep all day…but then I crash at 10pm.
LP: That sounds like a good plan. Last question: How do you handle disappointments?
I learn from my mistakes and move forward.
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