Published on January 13th, 2022

For a couple weeks every four years, sailors in the Olympic Games light up our hearts with stories of triumph and determination. Yet, the larger part of their stories happen in the years of training and preparation in between each Olympics.

The Hold Fast Podcast hosted by Nathan Housberg showcases United States sailors with Olympic experience or aspirations as they share the parts of their journey that don’t typically make it to press. In this session, Housberg catches up with 5-Time Kite-foil world champion Daniela Moroz:


Born and raised in San Francisco, California, Moroz was the child of two windsurfing enthusiasts. She started kitesurfing at the age of 11 and then quickly progressed to hydrofoil boards and races in front of St. Francis Yacht Club on Thursday nights. It proved a promising training ground and she won her first world championship merely 4 years later at the age of 15.

But, kite-foiling was a young sport and it took hard work for her to maintain her dominance over the fleet as it evolved. Kite-foiling was added to the list of sailing events at the Olympic games starting in 2024 and there Daniela hopes to reap the rewards of many years dominance in her discipline.

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