The Spanish Olympic team, ESP Sailing Team, has as of today a new member, the Canarian Ángel Granda, who has been designated as Spanish representative in the RS: X class by the RFEV, in the absence of the decision being corroborated by the Committee Spanish Olympic.
Granda thus joins the team of Spanish athletes that make up the ESP Sailing Team, made up of Jordi Xammar and Nicolás Rodríguez (470 M), Silvia Mas and Patricia Cantero (470 F), Támara Echegoyen and Paula Barceló (49er FX), Diego Botín and Iago López-Marra (49er), Tara Pacheco and Florian Trittel ( Nacra 17) and Blanca Manchón (RS: XF). They make up the crews corresponding to the seven of the eight classes classified by Spain, awaiting the incorporation of the representative in Laser Radial and the classification of the Laser Standard and Finn classes.
On the inclusion of Ángel Granda in the team, Santiago Lopez-Vazquez, director of Olympic preparation, comments that “the decision was made based on technical criteria and the observation of the three selection regattas that we had marked. It has been a long and close selection and there were several candidates, but we are very close to the JJ.00. and the decision had to be made to start working with the individual coach in search of his final optimal preparation for the Games.
Youth and ambition
We must congratulate the six athletes who have fought to represent Spain in Tokyo 2020, for all their effort and work throughout this Olympic cycle, they are an example of teamwork and have proven to be a very compact team, low the technical orders of Marcos Fernández, who has done a great job with them. ”
Ángel Granda was born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in 1997 and started sailing at the age of 11 after taking a windsurfing course because it was fun for him. That fun turned into passion and, with the help of Isidro Henríquez, a former member of the Spanish Olympic sailing team, he became a great sailor, under the banner of the Real Club Náutico de Gran Canaria.
Ninth classified in the recent European Championship held in Vilamoura, this position improves in three positions the one obtained in the previous continental one in 2019, a reflection of the work carried out in recent months, having in the World Championship, to be held in the waters of Cádiz to late April, his next goal.
Angel Granda He tells us how this Olympic campaign has been so far and how the coexistence with the RSX pre-Olympic team has been: “We started preparing with the team at the end of 2017 and I was the worst of all, the one who was greener, the When I was younger, we went out into the water and no matter what wind there was, they beat me. Little by little that changed, the truth is that I learned a lot from them, each one has contributed something to my training because we work very well as a team, together We helped each other and, with the typical spikes of the water, there has always been a very good atmosphere between us.
As time went by it got better, especially with wind, which being small and weighing little was what cost the most. The quarantine was very good for me because in the World Cup in Australia, with 25-30 knots every day, I paid for my lack of weight, so during the break time my coach advised me to gain weight. We did so and in this time we have been able to verify that my skills are better in a much wider wind range. ”