Barbara Kendall wins Lechner Board Gold, Barcelona 1992

Kendall burst into national prominence by winning the gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. It was New Zealand’s only gold medal of those Games and she was the first New Zealand woman to win an Olympic gold medal since Yvette Williams 40 years earlier.  Amazingly, she had suffered a broken wrist earlier that year and had almost given away hopes of emulating Bruce Kendall in winning an Olympic boardsailing gold medal. Fortunately, the Olympic trials were delayed, giving her time to recover and prepare herself, often by training with Bruce and other men. Her finishes at Barcelona were 1-10-3-2-1-2-6-7-3-3 and she went into the final race knowing sixth place would be good enough for the gold medal. Following her performance she carried the flag for New Zealand during the closing ceremony and went on to carry the flag at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics Opening Ceremony.

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