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Eight Bells: Paul Elvstrom

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1. Eight Bells: Paul Elvstrom
Published on December 7th, 2016
Legendary Danish yachtsman Paul Elvstrøm died in his sleep at the age of 88 years on December 7, 2016. He died at his birthplace in Hellerup surrounded by his family.
Elvstrøm, considered one of the greatest sailing athletes in the history of sailing, won four consecutive Olympic gold medals, beginning with the Firefly at 1948 London and then with the Finn at 1952 Helsinki, 1956 Melbourne, and 1960 Rome.
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To stick with the sailing metaphors, his passing is a bit like an ocean race where you cannot see the others, but you know they are there somewhere, just over the horizon and their presence will always have an impact on your decisions.
His moniker was ‘The Great Dane’. It could just have easily been the Great Person.

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2. London 1948: Elvstrom’s debut
Published on June 9th, 2016
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3. Paul Elvstrom: The Mozart of Sailing
Published on December 8th, 2016
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4. Paul Elvstrom: An Example of Excellence
Published on December 9th, 2016
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Related articles: 2016-12-11「Tribute to Paul Elvstrøm」http://ventoorientale.cocolog-nifty.com/blog/2016/12/tribute-to-paul.html
2016-12-08「The Mozart of sailing - Paul Elvstrom: Obituary」http://ventoorientale.cocolog-nifty.com/blog/2016/12/the-mozart-of-1.html

CORRECTION
2016/12/09
the story on Paul Elvstrom stated that no other Olympic athlete had won more than four consecutive gold medals. Actually, two have: Hungarian Aladar Gerevich <HUN> in Fencing and Sir Steve Redgrave <GBR> in Rowing. As for those sitting on four, in addition to Elvstrom <DEN> there are Ben Ainslie <GBR> (sailing), Al Oerter <USA> (discus), Carl Lewis <USA> (long jump), Michael Phelps <USA> (200 meter swimming medley), and Kaori Icho <JPN> (woman's freestyle wrestling). Also, Elvstrom did not invent the self-bailer but he did design a widely used version.

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