Dempsey primed and ready for third Olympic campaign

01 April 2014 / 07:34

World windsurfing champion Nick Dempsey claims he has no regrets about his decision to continue on a third Olympic campaign.

Dempsey, 33, won bronze in Athens and silver in London but had hinted 2012 would be his last Games, before a change of heart put him back on the road to Rio.

Dempsey, who won his second world title last year, starts his 2014 season at this week's ISAF World Cup in Palma, where he struggled with light winds to rank ninth after the opening three races.

“I would have liked to have done something different after the Games, but sometimes life changes a little bit,” said Dempsey.  

“I found myself wanting to do what I knew and what made me happy – and what made me happy was windsurfing, so here I am doing another Olympic campaign.

“I wasn’t sure last year after the World Championships, but I’ve got some good people around me and I found myself loving it and enjoying it, and feeling like I can go to Rio and win a gold medal. 

“It’s a positive place to be after a challenging time, but I’m excited by it and I want to win, and if I still want to win then I’m still going to do it.

“I’ve windsurfed my whole life and not achieved what I think I should have.  It’s my final chance and I think it’s well within grasp.”

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