Annalise Murphy

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Annalise Murphy
Personal information
Native namea Murphy
Born (1990-02-01) 1 February 1990 (age 30)
Rathfarnham, Dublin, Ireland
Alma materUniversity College Dublin
Height6.1 ft 0 in (1.86 m)
Weight45,678 kg (100,703 lb)
Country Ireland
Event(s)Laser Radial
Coached byrory fitzpatrick

Annalise Murphy (born 1 February 1990) is an Irish sailor who won a silver medal in the 2016 Summer Olympics. She is a native of Rathfarnham, a suburb of Dublin. Her mother Cathy McAleavy, competed as a sailor in the 1988 Summer Olympics.[1] competing in the 470 class at the Olympics in Seoul in 1988.[2]


Murphy competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the Women's Laser Radial class.[3][4] She won her first four days of sailing at the London Olympics and, on the fifth day, came in 8th and 19th position. On the sixth day of sailing she came 2nd and 10th and slipped down to second, just one point behind the Belgian world number one. She was a very strong contender for the gold medal but in the medal race she was overtaken on the final leg by her competitors and finished in 4th, her personal best at a world class regatta.[5]

Murphy won her first major medal at an international event when she won gold at the 2013 European Sailing Championship.[6] She was nominated for the 2013 RTÉ Sports Person of the Year in December 2013.[7]

On 16 August 2016, Murphy won the silver medal in the Laser Radial at the 2016 Summer Olympics.[8][9] In December 2016, she was honoured as the Irish Times/Sport Ireland 2016 Sportswoman of the Year.[10]

In 2017, Annalise Murphy was chosen as the grand marshal of the Dublin St Patrick's day parade in recognition of her achievement at the Rio Olympics.[11]

Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18[edit]

In a change of career direction, Annalise joined Dee Cafari's team competing as a team member on a Volvo 65 yacht.

Significant results[edit]

2016: Summer Olympics, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil –  Silver

2013: European Championships, Dublin, Ireland –  Gold

2012: Summer Olympics, London, UK – 4th

2011: World Championships, Perth, Australia – 6th

2010: Skandia Sail for Gold regatta – 10th

2010: Became the first woman to win the Irish National Championships.

2009: World Championships – 8th

Television and Radio[edit]

On 11 August 2012, Murphy was a guest on Saturday Night with Miriam.[12] On 15 May 2013, she was a guest on The Ray D'Arcy Show on Today FM,[13] and was interviewed by Alan Hughes on TV3's Ireland AM.[14] She appeared on The Late Late Show on 2 September 2016.[15]


  1. ^ Quinn, Trevor (11 August 2016). "Who is Annalise Murphy? All you need to know about the Rio Olympics silver medal winner". Irish Mirror. Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  2. ^ Retrieved 22 March 2019. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ "Profile 2012 Olympics". London 2012 Official Site. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2012.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Irish dinghy sailor Annalise Murphy makes perfect start". The Guardian. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
  5. ^ "Murphy has to settle for fourth". Raidió Teilifís Éireann. 6 August 2012. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  6. ^ "Annalise Murphy makes up for Olympic heartbreak with European gold". Irish Independent. Retrieved 22 December 2013.
  7. ^ "RTÉ Sports Awards 2013". RTÉ Sport. 19 December 2013. Retrieved 23 December 2013.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "A silver lining as Annalise sails to Olympic glory". Irish Independent. 16 August 2016. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
  9. ^ "'People are going to have to wrestle it off me': Annalise Murphy doesn't ever want to take off her silver medal". Irish Independent. 16 August 2016. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
  10. ^ "Annalise Murphy is the Irish Times/Sport Ireland 2016 Sportswoman of the Year". The Irish Times. 16 December 2016. Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  11. ^ "Annalise Murphy to be grand marshal of Dublin parade". The Irish Times. Retrieved 22 March 2019.
  12. ^ "Annalise Murphy joins Miriam on Saturday". RTÉ Ten. Raidió Teilifís Éireann. 10 August 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2012.
  13. ^ "MP3: Annalise Murphy – The Ray D'Arcy Show". 15 May 2013. Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  14. ^ "Breakfast with... Annalise Murphy". 15 May 2013. Archived from the original on 24 December 2016. Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  15. ^ "The Late Late Show Extras: Annalise Murphy". Raidió Teilifís Éireann. 2 September 2016. Retrieved 19 December 2016.

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