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25 Oct 2011
Singapore 2010 , YOG

YOG on the Road to London 2012 talks to Lara Vadlau

Lara Vadlau is one of Austria’s most promising young athletes. The 17 year-old captured the gold medal in the women’s sailing events at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in a very convincing way, and now the Carinthian is aiming for her next big goals.

“A dream would come true if I could compete at the London Olympics in 2012,” Lara said. “But that would be like a miracle.”

It’s rather probable that she will have to wait until Rio de Janeiro in 2016, but Georg Fundak, Director of the Austrian Sailing Federation (ÖSV), still thinks she has her chances. And really… who knows?

In the last year, Lara’s sporting world has changed a lot. With Carolina Flatscher and Sylvia Vogl retiring, she has earned a place in Austria’s 470 boat alongside Eva-Maria Schimak and got the chance to compete in World Cup races. “That's really important,” Lara explained of her jump to the senior level. “It's a totally different world at the seniors.”

Next step: the ISAF World Championship in Perth in December. With a good performance there, Lara and Eva-Maria may help their case for a ticket to London.

But it’s not only London on Lara’s horizon for 2012; her other main goal is passing her school-leaving examination in the autumn. Good luck for both, Lara: we are all behind you!

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