AC NEWS – by REDBULL TV – What Drives the World’s Top Athletes is back for a second six-part series, with two athletes in each episode exploring one of the crucial aspects to their sporting success.
Jimmy Spithill – From day one, he led, he instilled enthusiasm, he instilled belief and overcame a ridiculous deficit of 8–1 against Emirates Team NZ at the 34th America’s Cup in San Francisco in September 2013. Their belief they could recover saw them take eight straight race victories to win 9–8 and keep the Auld Mug in the USA for another four years. “From day one, he led, he instilled enthusiasm, he instilled belief in everyone,” says ORACLE TEAM USA trainer Craig McFarlane. “He was just fantastic with the guys.”
Kelly Cartwright – She was already a promising sportswoman when she was diagnosed with cancer as a teenager and lost part of her right leg. Undaunted, the Australian switched to disability athletics and became a long jumper and sprinter, winning the F42/44 gold medal and T42 100m silver medal for her country in London in 2012, aged only 23.
Watch the above webclip for a taste of the episode, and hear about the hard work and determination that made Spithill a sailing legend by the age of just 34. To watch the full episode about the comebacks from Jimmy Spithill and Kelly Cartwright CLICK HERE!