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Torben Grael

Full name: Torben Schmidt Grael
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0.5 (185 cm)
Weight: 194 lbs (88 kg)
Born: July 22, 1960 in São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
Affiliations: Rio Yacht Club, Niterói (BRA)
Country: BRA Brazil
Sport: Sailing

Related Olympians: Brother of Lars Grael; Nephew of Axel Preben-Schmidt; Nephew of Erik Preben-Schmidt.

Medals: 2 Gold, 1 Silver, 2 Bronze (5 Total)

Biography

Torben Grael is the sailor with the most Olympic medals (five), although 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 Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Sailing Mixed Three Person Keelboat Brazil BRA 2 Silver
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Sailing Mixed Two Person Keelboat Brazil BRA 3 Bronze
1992 Summer 32 Barcelona Sailing Mixed Two Person Keelboat Brazil BRA 11
1996 Summer 35 Atlanta Sailing Mixed Two Person Keelboat Brazil BRA 1 Gold
2000 Summer 40 Sydney Sailing Mixed Two Person Keelboat Brazil BRA 3 Bronze
2004 Summer 44 Athina Sailing Men's Two Person Keelboat Brazil BRA 1 Gold

Mixed Two Person Keelboat

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Date NP TP PTS T
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Sailing Brazil BRA Nelson Falcão Final Standings 1988-09-20 50.0 78.0
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Sailing Brazil BRA Nelson Falcão Race One 1988-09-20 .0 14-19:40
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Sailing Brazil BRA Nelson Falcão Race Two 1988-09-21 13.0
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Sailing Brazil BRA Nelson Falcão Race Three 1988-09-22 3.0
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Sailing Brazil BRA Nelson Falcão Race Four 1988-09-23 17.0
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Sailing Brazil BRA Nelson Falcão Race Five 1988-09-25 3.0
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Sailing Brazil BRA Nelson Falcão Race Six 1988-09-26 28.0
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Sailing Brazil BRA Nelson Falcão Race Seven 1988-09-27 14.0
1992 Summer 32 Barcelona Sailing Brazil BRA Marcelo Ferreira Final Standings 1992-07-27 98.7 131.7
1992 Summer 32 Barcelona Sailing Brazil BRA Marcelo Ferreira Race One 1992-07-27 14.0
1992 Summer 32 Barcelona Sailing Brazil BRA Marcelo Ferreira Race Two 1992-07-28 3.0
1992 Summer 32 Barcelona Sailing Brazil BRA Marcelo Ferreira Race Three 1992-07-29 23.0
1992 Summer 32 Barcelona Sailing Brazil BRA Marcelo Ferreira Race Four 1992-07-30 11.7
1992 Summer 32 Barcelona Sailing Brazil BRA Marcelo Ferreira Race Five 1992-08-01 33.0
1992 Summer 32 Barcelona Sailing Brazil BRA Marcelo Ferreira Race Seven 1992-08-03 14.0
1996 Summer 35 Atlanta Sailing Brazil BRA Marcelo Ferreira Final Standings 1996-07-22 25.0 41.0
1996 Summer 35 Atlanta Sailing Brazil BRA Marcelo Ferreira Race One 1996-07-22 1.0
1996 Summer 35 Atlanta Sailing Brazil BRA Marcelo Ferreira Race Two 1996-07-23 6.0
1996 Summer 35 Atlanta Sailing Brazil BRA Marcelo Ferreira Race Three 1996-07-23 2.0
1996 Summer 35 Atlanta Sailing Brazil BRA Marcelo Ferreira Race Four 1996-07-24 7.0
1996 Summer 35 Atlanta Sailing Brazil BRA Marcelo Ferreira Race Five 1996-07-25 1.0
1996 Summer 35 Atlanta Sailing Brazil BRA Marcelo Ferreira Race Six 1996-07-26 4.0
1996 Summer 35 Atlanta Sailing Brazil BRA Marcelo Ferreira Race Seven 1996-07-26 9.0
1996 Summer 35 Atlanta Sailing Brazil BRA Marcelo Ferreira Race Eight 1996-07-27 2.0
1996 Summer 35 Atlanta Sailing Brazil BRA Marcelo Ferreira Race Nine 1996-07-28 6.0
1996 Summer 35 Atlanta Sailing Brazil BRA Marcelo Ferreira Race Ten 1996-07-29 3.0
2000 Summer 40 Sydney Sailing Brazil BRA Marcelo Ferreira Final Standings 2000-09-23 39.0 69.0
2000 Summer 40 Sydney Sailing Brazil BRA Marcelo Ferreira Race One 2000-09-23 3.0 1-20:41
2000 Summer 40 Sydney Sailing Brazil BRA Marcelo Ferreira Race Two 2000-09-23 13.0 1-09:28
2000 Summer 40 Sydney Sailing Brazil BRA Marcelo Ferreira Race Three 2000-09-25 1.0 54:56
2000 Summer 40 Sydney Sailing Brazil BRA Marcelo Ferreira Race Four 2000-09-25 2.0 1-24:13
2000 Summer 40 Sydney Sailing Brazil BRA Marcelo Ferreira Race Five 2000-09-26 1.0 1-05:50
2000 Summer 40 Sydney Sailing Brazil BRA Marcelo Ferreira Race Six 2000-09-26 6.0 1-10:06
2000 Summer 40 Sydney Sailing Brazil BRA Marcelo Ferreira Race Seven 2000-09-28 7.0 1-10:28
2000 Summer 40 Sydney Sailing Brazil BRA Marcelo Ferreira Race Eight 2000-09-29 4.0 53:26
2000 Summer 40 Sydney Sailing Brazil BRA Marcelo Ferreira Race Nine 2000-09-29 12.0 1-00:08
2000 Summer 40 Sydney Sailing Brazil BRA Marcelo Ferreira Race Ten 2000-09-29 3.0 1-01:45
2000 Summer 40 Sydney Sailing Brazil BRA Marcelo Ferreira Race Eleven 2000-09-30 17.0

Men's Two Person Keelboat

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Date NP TP PTS T
2004 Summer 44 Athina Sailing Brazil BRA Marcelo Ferreira Final Standings 2004-08-21 42.0 60.0
2004 Summer 44 Athina Sailing Brazil BRA Marcelo Ferreira Race One 2004-08-21 5.0 1-15:02
2004 Summer 44 Athina Sailing Brazil BRA Marcelo Ferreira Race Two 2004-08-21 4.0 1-13:12
2004 Summer 44 Athina Sailing Brazil BRA Marcelo Ferreira Race Three 2004-08-22 1.0 1-09:38
2004 Summer 44 Athina Sailing Brazil BRA Marcelo Ferreira Race Four 2004-08-22 1.0 1-16:01
2004 Summer 44 Athina Sailing Brazil BRA Marcelo Ferreira Race Five 2004-08-23 2.0 1-19:31
2004 Summer 44 Athina Sailing Brazil BRA Marcelo Ferreira Race Six 2004-08-24 5.0 1-18:17
2004 Summer 44 Athina Sailing Brazil BRA Marcelo Ferreira Race Seven 2004-08-25 2.0 1-13:16
2004 Summer 44 Athina Sailing Brazil BRA Marcelo Ferreira Race Eight 2004-08-25 7.0 1-22:59
2004 Summer 44 Athina Sailing Brazil BRA Marcelo Ferreira Race Nine 2004-08-26 11.0 1-20:38
2004 Summer 44 Athina Sailing Brazil BRA Marcelo Ferreira Race Ten 2004-08-26 4.0 1-17:15

Mixed Three Person Keelboat

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Date NP TP PTS T
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Sailing Brazil BRA Final Standings 1984-07-31 43.4 59.4
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Sailing Brazil BRA Race One 1984-07-31 5.7 2-17:43
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Sailing Brazil BRA Race Two 1984-08-01 13.0
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Sailing Brazil BRA Race Three 1984-08-02 3.0 2-35:40
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Sailing Brazil BRA Race Four 1984-08-03 16.0
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Sailing Brazil BRA Race Five 1984-08-06 16.0
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Sailing Brazil BRA Race Six 1984-08-07 .0 2-26:59
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Sailing Brazil BRA Race Seven 1984-08-08 5.7 2-18:50
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