Immigrants of the Day: Rio Olympics Edition – The Sailing, Rowing and Kayak Teams
Turkish-born Bora Gulari had a solid showing in Rio’s sailing events. He finished 8th in his event, the Nacra 17 (mixed multihull). This was a major advancement for Gulari who finished 31st at the world championships.
French-born Marion Lepert is a Stanford University mechanical engineering major who is competing in windsurfing. Marion finished 16th in her event which was also a major improvement on her 40th place finish in the 2015 world championships.
Spain native Pedro Pascual competed in windsurfing and, like Lepert, is a mechanical engineering major. He attends Florida Atlantic University. He has dedicated his Olympic competition to his 89 year old grandfather who has recently fought health problems.
British-born Helena Scutt is competing in the 49erFX (two-person high performance skiff) sailing event which has not yet happened. She’s a Stanford 2014 graduate with degrees in biomechanical engineering and mechanical engineering. She is definitely a tough, having come back from a terrible accident in 2013 at the world championships when she broke her spine, two ribs and lacerated a kidney when she was hit by a boat.
South African-born Edward King is another US serviceman on Team USA. Having attended the US Naval Academy, King is now an officer in the Navy. King finished in the top 10 in the Lightweight 4 rowing event.
Cuban-born Robin Prendes finished in the top 10 in the Lightweight 4 rowing event. Prendes is a two-time Olympic veteran having also competed in London in 2012. Prendes is a 2011 Princeton graduate with a degree in economics.
Poland-born Michal Smolen is competing in Canoe Kayak. Smolen is a veteran in the sport having had top finishes in several world and national championships.