Lijia Xu

Lijia Xu

Lijia Xu

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Lily, from Shanghai in China won the bronze medal in the womens Laser Radial class at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics. Later in 2012 she was awarded the ISAF Sailor of the Year Award along side Britain’s sailing hero Ben Ainslie.  Lily has overcome a world of difficulties to reach Olympic Gold and is a truly inspirational athlete.

Why is advancing women in sailing important to you?
There are many enthusiastic female sailors all over the world who deserve better platform and opportunities to show themselves their love in sailing and potential to perform as good as men.
Who do you see as a role model in women’s sport and why?
Anna Tunnicliffe from the USA. As an Olympic champion sailor she also proves herself excel in crossfit. Women can be strong, muscular and elegant, beautiful.
Can you give us a little insight into what your road to Rio looks like?

Rio Olympics wasn’t in my plan until last August. I stopped sailing Laser Radial after London due to too many injuries and had two years completely off racing. When I decided to back campaigning again it was less than one year left. There is not enough time to do a proper campaign but I would like to face the challenge while acknowledge the difficulties. I want to keep learning, trying new things and be the best I can be during the Games.

Being part of the Magenta Project means we can accumulate as much power & voice as possible for women’s sports, especially female sailing. So that we can raise the general awareness around the world in order to create more opportunities for women.

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