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January 2009

Lars Grael (BRA)

 Nomination
After having his right leg severed in a ­dreadful accident in Brazil in 1998 when his Tornado was run down by a large powerboat, this two-time Olympic bronze medallist in the Tornado has continued to race hard in the Star class, winning the South American title on several occasions including the latest event in January 2008. Now he is working on a new potential America’s Cup project for disabled sailors – the Argo Challenge
 Why they won
Thank you, Brazil! The response to Lars’ nomination was genuinely overwhelming. ‘Judd is an awesome sailor and friend but Lars is too… and he’s my brother-in-law!’ – Ross Macdonald; ‘Lars is our sailing hero!’ – Lu Regina Kunze; ‘Lars was born with saltwater in the veins and a seahorse in his soul…’ – Eduardo Mafra; ‘Lars offers a lesson in life that all Brazil can be proud of’ – Paulo Cyrillo.