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Siren SUNDBY (NOR) At just 20 years of age, Siren Sundby has reached the top of her discipline, surpassing the rest of the fleet to claim many Championship titles over the past twelve months. The pinnacle being the 2003 ISAF World Championship in Cadiz, which she won with a race to spare having sat in a medal position from the outset.

Opening the nomination period with a Silver Medal at the 2002 Europe Class World Championship, Siren sailed outstandingly through the year placing first in all but three of the ISAF Graded events she entered, and never finishing outside the top three in the remainder.

Siren has been amongst the world's top ten ranked Europe sailors since last year, with her upwards climb sealed in May 2003 as she broke into the top three, before claiming the world's number one slot in August, briefly dropping to two in September, and reclaiming pole position in October 2003.

The Achievements of Siren Sundby

2nd - Europe Class World Championship, September 2002 - Grade W
1st - III International Carnival Regatta, March 2003 - Ungraded
3rd - XXXIV Princess Sofia Trophy, April 2003 - Grade 2
1st - Semaine Olympique Francaise, May 2003 - Grade 1
3rd - SPA Regatta, May 2003 - Grade 1
1st - Scandinavian Race Week, June 2003 - Grade 2
1st - Europe Class Open Week, July 2003 - Grade 2
1st - Europe Class European Championship, July 2003 - Grade 1
1st - Athens Regatta, August 2003 - Ungraded
1st - 2003 ISAF World Championship - Europe, September 2003 - Grade W 2

ISAF World Sailing Rankings - Single-Handed Dinghy Women - Europe (1 October 2003) = 1

Name Siren SUNDBY
Date of Birth 30287
Place of Birth Lorenskog, Norway
Profession Sailor
Age started sailing 0
First boat sailed Family big boat
Age started racing 6
First boat raced Optimist
What inspired you to take up sailing? My brother Christoffer who is now sailing the 49er, and my parents
How did you buy your first boat? I bought my brothers optimist at age 9
Which was your first sailing club? Soon SF
First Event competed in and Year In 1992 I sailed my first international regatta, Easter Optimist Regatta in Brasemmeermeer in the Netherlands. I sailed my first World Championship in the Optimist in 1995.
First Event won and Year I won the Norwegian championship in the Optimist in 1995. My first big win was the Optimist European Championship in 1996
Principle achievements 1996 & 1997 Optimist Class European Champion
Principle achievements 1997 - Girls World Champion & 10th overall - Optimist
Principle achievements 1999, 2000 - Youth European Champion - Europe
Principle achievements 2000 - Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Champion - Single-Handed Dinghy Girls - Byte
Principle achievements 2002 - Europe Class World Championship - silver
Principle achievements 2003 - Europe Class European Champion
Principle achievements 2003 - Athens Regatta 2003 - Europe - gold
Principle achievements 2003 - Europe Class World Champion
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date Before I was 12 I can not remember much of my sailing career, other than following my brother around to big international championships. But I remember very well winning my first national championship in the Optimist Class at the age of 12 and my first big win in the Optimist Class when I won the European Championship at Mallorca in 1996.
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date Competing in the Olympic Games 2000 as a 17-year old is also one of my greatest highlights.
What are your future sailing aspirations? I will continue having sailing as a huge part of my life. My first goal is to compete and do well in Athens next year, and after that I keep my options open. I do not know if I continue to race in the Europe Class or change to mistral, 470 or VO60s, but I am sure I will continue sailing and racing the rest of my life.
Briefly state what sailing means to you To me sailing and competing in the 'World Circuit' has become a life-style that I enjoy. And I feel that campaigning as an Olympic sailor gives me knowledge in all aspects of life.
Who has had the greatest impact or inspiration in your sailing career and why? My brother because he is a role model for me, and his way of dealing with both ups and downs in his career has been exemplary.
Who do you consider to be your sailing hero? Difficult question, because there are so many great champions.
What other sports do you participate in outside of sailing? As most Norwegians I ski a lot, both cross-country and downhill skiing during the winter.
Who do you consider to be the greatest sailor in the World and why? Ellen McArthur, because her achievements are so huge.
If voted as the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2003, briefly say what will this mean to you? This has been something that I never even have considered and therefore have few reflections of. Being voted would be my biggest award ever.
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