Nick Dempsey

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Nick Dempsey
Personal information
Birth name Nicholas Charles Dempsey
Nickname(s) Dempo[1]
Nationality British
Born (1980-08-13) 13 August 1980 (age 37)
Norwich, England[2]
Height 1.80 m (5.9 ft)
Weight 70 kg (154 lb)[3]
Sport
Country United Kingdom
Sport Windsurfing
Event(s) Men's RS:X class
Coached by Dom Tidey

Nicholas Charles "Nick" Dempsey[4] (born 13 August 1980 in Norwich) is a British windsurfer, who lives in Weymouth. He became the first man to win three Olympics medals in windsurfing when he won silver in the 2016 Rio Olympics, adding to a silver won in the 2012 London Olympics, and a bronze from the 2004 Athens Olympics.[5] He is also twice world champion, winning gold in 2009 and 2013,[6] the first man to win two windsurfing world titles.[7]

Career[edit]

Dempsey booked his first international success at the 1998 Mistral Youth World Championships, where he won the bronze medal. As a senior his first win was clinched at the North Sea Cup Series in Pevensey Bay, and an additional third place in the Kieler Woche.

During the 2000 Summer Olympics he finished in 16th position. He continued winning competitions in 2001 and beyond like Athens Eurolymp Week, Kieler Woche and the SPA Regatta before finishing third at the 2004 Summer Olympics to take the windsurfing bronze medal.

When switching to the RS:X class he won race after race, resulting in the first spot on the RS:X world rankings. He took the gold medal at the 2006 RS:X European Championships. At the 2006 RS:X World Championships he finished in 5th position.

At the 2008 Summer Olympics he came 4th in the RS:X Class windsurfing class with 60 points. He was 2 points behind Israeli bronze medalist Shahar Zubari.

At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Dempsey won the silver medal in the RS:X Class windsurfing class, behind Dorian van Rijsselberge of the Netherlands.[8]

In the 2016 Summer Olympics, Dempsey again won the silver in the RS:X Class, again behind van Rijsselberge. With three medals won in the Olympics, he became the most decorated men's Olympic windsurfer.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Dempsey married yachtswoman Sarah Ayton in October 2008 just two months after she won a gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In June 2009, they had a son, Thomas-Flynn, and another son Oscar in March 2012.[10] The couple broke up in late 2012.[11] Dempsey has an interest in photography.[12]

Achievements[edit]

Year Position Windsurfing class Event
2016 Silver medal with cup.svg RS:X - Men's Windsurfer Brazil 2016 Olympic Games - Men's sailboard
2015 Gold medal with cup.svg RS:X - Men's Windsurfer 2015 Sailing World Cup Weymouth and Portland
2013 Gold medal with cup.svg RS:X - Men's Windsurfer 2013 RS:X World Windsurfing Championships Buzios[13]
2012 Silver medal with cup.svg RS:X - Men's Windsurfer United Kingdom 2012 Olympic Games - Men's sailboard
2009 Gold medal with cup.svg RS:X - Men's Windsurfer 2009 RS:X World Windsurfing Championships Weymouth and Portland
2008 4. RS:X - Men's Windsurfer China 2008 Olympic Games - Men's sailboard
2006 Gold medal with cup.svg RS:X - Men's Windsurfer Turkey 2006 RS:X European Championships
2006 Gold medal with cup.svg RS:X - Men's Windsurfer Netherlands Holland Regatta
2006 Silver medal with cup.svg RS:X - Men's Windsurfer France Semaine Olympique Française
2006 Gold medal with cup.svg RS:X - Men's Windsurfer Spain HRH Princess Sofia Trophy
2006 Gold medal with cup.svg RS:X - Men's Windsurfer United States Rolex Miami OCR
2004 Bronze medal with cup.svg Mistral - Men Greece 2004 Summer Olympics
2003 Gold medal with cup.svg Mistral - Men Greece Saronikos Gulf Regatta
2003 Gold medal with cup.svg Mistral - Men Spain XXXIV Princess Sofia Trophy
2003 Silver medal with cup.svg Mistral - Men Greece Athens Eurolymp Week
2002 Silver medal with cup.svg Mistral - Men Germany Kieler Woche
2002 Gold medal with cup.svg Mistral - Men United Kingdom North Sea Cup Series - Herne Bay
2002 Gold medal with cup.svg Mistral - Men Netherlands SPA Regatta
2002 Gold medal with cup.svg Mistral - Men New Zealand Sail Auckland
2002 Silver medal with cup.svg Mistral - Men Australia Sail Melbourne
2001 Gold medal with cup.svg Mistral - Men Germany Kieler Woche
2001 Gold medal with cup.svg Mistral - Men Spain XXXII Princess Sofia Trophy
2001 Gold medal with cup.svg Mistral - Men Greece Athens Eurolymp Week
2000 16. Mistral - Men Australia 2000 Summer Olympics
2000 Bronze medal with cup.svg Mistral - Men Germany Kieler Woche
2000 Gold medal with cup.svg Mistral - Men United Kingdom North Sea Cup Series - Pevensey Bay
2000 Silver medal with cup.svg Mistral - Men Egypt Penta Mistral Cup
1998 Bronze medal with cup.svg Mistral - Men South Africa 1998 Mistral World Youth Championship

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sailor Biography: Nick Dempsey". World Sailing. 
  2. ^ "Nick Dempsey - Windsurfing". Olympics 30. 
  3. ^ "Nick Dempsey". BBC Sport. 
  4. ^ GRO reference: September 1980, Vol. 10, Page 59389/S
  5. ^ "Rio Olympics 2016: Nick Dempsey wins historic windsurfing silver medal in RS:X". BBC Sport. 15 August 2016. 
  6. ^ "Nick Dempsey". RYA. 
  7. ^ "Nick Dempsey is first man to win two windsurfing world titles". BBC Sport. 6 March 2013. 
  8. ^ Morris, Steven (7 August 2012). "London 2012: Great Britain's Nick Dempsey wins windsurfing silver medal". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "Nick Dempsey brings windsurfing career to an end with silver medal at Rio Olympics 2016". The Daily Telegraph. 14 August 2016. 
  10. ^ Kidd, Patrick (8 August 2012). "Sacrifice that brought a family silver". The Times. 
  11. ^ Hall, Melanie (29 May 2013). "UK Olympic medallist leaves wife for woman who replaced her in Team GB". The Daily Telegraph. 
  12. ^ "Rio Olympics 2016: Nick Dempsey guaranteed windsurfing silver". BBC Sport. 12 August 2016. 
  13. ^ "2013 RS:X WORLD WINDSURFING CHAMPIONSHIPS" (PDF). International RS:X Class Association. 

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