Elise Rechichi

Elise Rechichi is a dual Olympian and Olympic gold medallist. In 2004, the West Australian partnered with Tessa Parkinson in the women’s 470 class. Two years later at the Olympic test event in China, Rechichi contracted a virulent virus from contact with the polluted waters and was laid low for almost a year, losing 20 percent of her body weight in the process.
Hampered by equipment failure, they finished eighteenth in the 470s at the 2007 World Championships in Cascais, Portugal, which was the selection regatta for Beijing 2008. The pair just scraped into the Olympics and improved their performance to a bronze medal at 2008 World Championships. 

At the Beijing 2008 Games, they won the gold medal from the Dutch and Brazilian crews, emulating the feat of Jennifer Armstrong and Belinda Stowell on Sydney Harbour in 2000. On the same day in Beijing, Malcolm Page and Nathan Wilmot won the gold medal in the men’s 470 class. Victor Kovalenko coached all three Olympic champions 470 crews.
Having retired from sailing in 2009, Rechichi returned to Olympic competition at the London Games. She partnered with Stowell and the experienced duo set their sights on another 470 podium finish.  It was not to be and the pair finished in seventh position.

Olympic Results

London 2012 - Summer Olympic Games

470 - Women
Race 01 14 pts; 14th 14 14
Race 02 21 pts; 11th 7 7
Race 03 24 pts; 5th 3 3
Race 04 45 pts; 11th DSQ 19
Race 05 54 pts; 8th 9 9
Race 06 61 pts; 7th 7 7
Race 07 70 pts; 9th 9 9
Race 08 83 pts; 9th 13 13
Race 09 87 pts; 7th 4 4
Race 10 88 pts; 6th 1 1
Medal Race TP: 104 pts; NP: 83 pts; 7th 16 8
Final Placing 7 / 20

Beijing 2008 - Summer Olympic Games

470 - Women
Race 02 4 pts; 2nd 2 pts 2nd
Race 01 2 pts; 2nd 2 pts 2nd
Race 04 9 pts; 1st 1 pt 1st
Race 03 8 pts; 1st 4 pts 4th
Race 06 22 pts; 2nd 4 pts 4th
Race 05 18 pts; 1st 9 pts 9th
Race 07 24 pts; 1st 2 pts 2nd
Race 08 29 pts; 1st 5 pts 5th
Race 09 32 pts; 1st 3 pts 3rd
Race 10 34 pts; 1st 2 pts 2nd
Medal Race TP: 52 pts; NP: 43 pts; 1st 18 pts 9th  
Final Placing 1 / 19

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