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How KSSS Gets their Best Sailors on to Olympic Podiums

KUNGLIGA SVENSKA SEGEL SALLSKAPET (KSSS) consistently sends members to the Olympics – and wins medals. Creating an elite team of sailors with a special committee to support their development and finances has been key to their success on the Olympic podium.

KSSS (Royal Swedish Yacht Club) has a long tradition of Olympic sailing, with members winning a total of 15 Olympic medals over the years. Most recently, KSSS sailor Fredrik Lööf won a gold medal in the Star Class at the 2012 London Olympics.

One of the club’s goals is to see sailors from KSSS on the starting line at every Olympic Games. To give sailors the best possible conditions and support for long term campaigns that ultimately lead to a run for medals in the Olympic classes., KSSS has established an elite team, currently consisting of 12 sailors in nine boats. The elite team’s activities are managed by a special committee in the club, the KSSS Elite Council, which is responsible for the selection of sailors to join the team and for the long-term development of the best sailors in the club. This dedicated organization provides KSSS with the necessary tools to continuously support their elite sailors, including financial support, in their efforts to compete for international championships and Olympic medals.

This year in Tokyo, they will have six sailors from the club on the Swedish Olympic team, competing in the 470 (Anton Dahlberg/Fredrik Bergström), Nacra 17 (Emil Järudd/Cecilia Jonsson), Laser (Jesper Stålheim) and Laser Radial (Josefin Olsson). Many of these sailors already have Olympic experience: Anton Dahlberg competed in the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympics, Fredrik Bergström in 2016, Josefin Olsson in 2012 and 2016, and Jesper Stålheim in 2016. They are particularly proud to see both male and female sailors from their club will be competing.