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Russell Coutts

Full name: Russell Coutts
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10 (179 cm)
Weight: 187 lbs (85 kg)
Born: March 1, 1962 in Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
Country: NZL New Zealand
Sport: Sailing

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Russell Coutts was the second sailor to win both the Olympic gold and the America’s Cup, after Buddy Melges. His Olympic gold came in 1984, winning the Finn class. He was nearly disqualified, as his clothes were sleightly overweight. After three consecutive match racing world titles (1992-1994), Russell Coutts was twice awarded the Sailor of the Year award, in 1995 and 2003. He is best known for his success in the America’s Cup, winning it four times. He was helmsman when New Zealand won the cup off San Diego in 1995, and at the helm again for New Zealand’s successful defence against an Italian syndicate off Auckland in 2000. By 2003, he had switched to the Swiss Alinghi syndicate and took the cup from New Zealand. In 2010, he was chief executive of the BMW Oracle syndicate that beat Alinghi in a best-of-three challenge off Valencia to take the cup back to the United States. Coutts was made a knight companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit and is now styled Sir Russell Coutts.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1984 Summer 22 Los Angeles Sailing Mixed One Person Dinghy New Zealand NZL 1 Gold
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Sailing Mixed Three Person Keelboat New Zealand NZL 8

Mixed One Person Dinghy

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank NP TP PTS T
1984 Summer 22 Los Angeles Sailing New Zealand Final Standings 1 34.7 61.7
1984 Summer 22 Los Angeles Sailing New Zealand Race One 1 .0
1984 Summer 22 Los Angeles Sailing New Zealand Race Two 7 13.0
1984 Summer 22 Los Angeles Sailing New Zealand Race Three 2 3.0 3-41:00
1984 Summer 22 Los Angeles Sailing New Zealand Race Four 2 3.0 3-57:11
1984 Summer 22 Los Angeles Sailing New Zealand Race Five 21 27.0
1984 Summer 22 Los Angeles Sailing New Zealand Race Six 3 5.7 3-35:17
1984 Summer 22 Los Angeles Sailing New Zealand Race Seven 5 10.0

Mixed Three Person Keelboat

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Date PTS
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Sailing New Zealand NZL Fleet Races 1992-07-27 64.7
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Sailing New Zealand NZL Fleet Races Race One 1992-07-27 17.0
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Sailing New Zealand NZL Fleet Races Race Two 1992-07-28 15.0
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Sailing New Zealand NZL Fleet Races Race Three 1992-07-29 18.0
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Sailing New Zealand NZL Fleet Races Race Four 1992-07-30 3.0
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Sailing New Zealand NZL Fleet Races Race Five 1992-07-31 18.0
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Sailing New Zealand NZL Fleet Races Race Six 1992-08-01 11.7
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