Axel Schmidt

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Axel Schmidt
Medal record
Representing  Brazil
Pan American Games
Gold medal – first place 1959 Chicago Lightning
Silver medal – second place 1963 São Paulo Lightning

Axel Frederik Preben Schmidt (30 April 1939 – 10 June 2018) was a Brazilian sailor from Rio de Janeiro who competed in the Summer Olympic Games, the Pan American Games, the Snipe World Championships, the Star World Championships and the Lightning World Championships.[1]

He is the son of Preben Tage Axel Schmidt (born in 1898 in Frederiksberg, Denmark) and Helene Margrete Jelinski (born in Lyck, East Prussia) and brother of Ingrid, Margrete and Erik Schmidt, also competitive Brazilian sailors. Ingrid is the mother of Torben Grael and Lars Grael.[2]

He and his twin brother Erik were known as "the sea twins" after winning 3 Snipe Worlds in a row (1961, 1963 and 1965). They also won the 1959 Pan American Games and finished 2nd in the 1963 Pan American Games in Lightning and third in the 1961 Lightning World Championships. In the Star class, they were 9th at the 1967 Star World Championships, and Axel was 22nd at the 1980 Star World Championships with Luiz Amaro as a crew.

Pan American Games[edit]

Axel Schmidt sailed at 2 different Pan American Games:

Olympic Games[edit]

Axel Schmidt sailed at 2 different Olympic Games:


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Axel Schmidt". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 16 April 2013.
  2. ^ "Preben Schmidt: a inspiração de gerações de velejadores da família Schmidt Grael". Retrieved 14 October 2015.