|Vasilij Žbogar (SLO)|
Determination & Persistence
His moto in Istrian dialect is "Krepat, krepat ma ne molat!" (something like "you can die but don't give up!"). This the best way to describe his greatest qualities of determination and persistence. Vasco is one of Slovenia's most successful and popular sportsman of the last decade. With third place at the 2004 Olympics in Athens he won Slovenia's first sailing Olympic medal. In Beijing 2008 he made one step forward by winning the silver medal in the last regatta. His legendary celebrations, enthusiasm and kind character make him very popular not only in his home town of Izola (where he is "a god") and Slovenia, but also among other sailors and the opposite sex (in 2004 he was selected as Cosmopolitan's European sportsman of the year). In 2009 he decided to switch from Laser to finn Class. We have cooperated with Vasilij from when we first got involved in sailing. He was also the first SandiEquipe non-canoe athlete.