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Paul Elvstrom dies at age of 88 years

The legendary Danish sailor Paul Elvstrom sadly passed away on 7 December at the age of 88 in Hellerup, Denmark, surrounded by his family.

Paul Elvstrøm won his first Olympic medal at the 1948 Games in London when, aged 20, he won an Olympic Gold medal in the Firefly dinghy class (singlehander class).

The Finn was introduced shortly after and Elvstrøm continued his Olympic dominance with three further gold medals at the Olympic Games in Helsinki in 1952, Melbourne in 1956, and Rome in 1960.

After the 1960 Olympics, he participated in a further four Olympics, narrowly missing out on a medal in the Star class in Acapulco in 1968.

Sailing with his youngest daughter Trine, the Elvstrøm's finished fourth at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984.

Elvstrøm won sailing world championships in seven different boat classes (the 505, Snipe, Finn, Flying Dutchman, Star, Soling and Half ton). In all, he has won a total of 13 world championships.

In 1954, Elvstrøm established his own business - Elvström Dinghy Sails. He designed the distinctive red crown logo himself, which today remains the hallmark logo of the company.

Today, the company is called Elvstrøm Sails and has evolved into Europe's largest sail loft. The distinctive crown logo is still stamped onto every Elvstrøm sail product.

Elvstrøm is survived by four daughters, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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