Lars Schmidt Grael (born February 9, 1964 in São Paulo) is a former sailor and Brazilian politician. His brother, Torben Grael, is also a sailor. Grael is the winner of two Olympic medals, one in the 1988 Summer Olympics, the other in the 1996 Summer Olympics. He was world champion in 1983 for the Snipe class and ten time Brazilian and five time South American champion for the Tornado class. In September 1998, he suffered a serious accident in Vitória, Espírito Santo, caused by the negligence of an irresponsible boat driver that left the boat propeller uncovered, which amputated one of the athlete’s legs. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lars_Grael
Since then, he has been a tireless campaigner for sport in Brazil, and has remained an active sailor, at the top levels of his sport. ‘ideaArgo’ is his latest challenge. The fledgling potential challenge, named ‘ideaArgo’, does have a unique characteristic however; it is a challenge designed to be built around disabled athletes. www.ideaargo.org/
His brother Torben Grael is one of the most famous and successful sailors in the world, who won pretty much everything that was possible to be won in this sport.
Nicknamed Turbine for his fame in conducting sailboats, he collected five Olympic medals, four of them in the Star class. He is the Brazilian with the highest number of Olympic medals, and holds the highest number of Olympic medals in sailing. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torben_Grael
Lars Grael is visiting Croatia at the moment and sailing with his family on one of Ultra charter fleet boat – Beneteau First 45 “Despoina”. We are expecting Lars to be back from the sea this week and we will have an interview with his impressions on our web pages.