“Citius—Altius—Fortius”, faster, higher, stronger. Yes, the Games of the 31st Olympiad, held in Rio, are just around the corner. Once again over 10,000 athletes compete under their nations flags in the world’s biggest sporting stage, fighting for glory and dreaming of rising on top of the podium to receive the ultimate acknowledgement of the sport world.
This year, eight of these athletes are part of the Sailing Team Finland. In May the Finnish Olympic Committee announced the final form of the team by naming Noora Ruskola and Camilla Cedercreutz as part of the squad, after their strong performance in 49er FX class in the world cup race held in Hyères. In addition to Noora and Camilla, Tuuli Petäjä-Sirén in RS:X and Tuula Tenkanen in Laser radial will strengthen the women’s team. The men’s team will consist of two brothers Joonas and Niklas Lindgren in class 470, along with Tapio Nirkko in Finn and Kaarle Tapper in Laser standard. Niko Salomaa will be representing Sailing Team Finland in 2.4mR class in the 15th Summer Paralympic Games, also held in Rio, during September.
If you are curious to learn more about what it takes for pro athletes to prepare themselves for an event of this calibre, see what Sailing Team Finland members Silja Kanerva and Sinem Kurtbay (class 49er FX ) had to say in this Twentyfour7. article about the amount of work they go through training for the Olympics.
Wärtsilä’s workshop in Niterói offers storage for equipment
In 2014 Wärtsilä signed a three-year-agreement with the Finnish Sailing and Boating Federation on logistical services. Wärtsilä’s site in Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, has offered a perfect location for Sailing Team Finland in terms of secure and economic storage for their equipment. Success does not come without thorough preparations, and getting familiar with the Rio waters is essential for the competitors to be able to bask in glory once the Games have ended.
Wärtsilä’s remedy for logistical headache of moving equipment between Finland and Brazil has allowed the Olympic squad to train in Rio multiple times these past few years, while fully concentrating on reaching top performance in the Games. “In Wärtsilä we take pride in providing excellent services to our customers to secure they reach their targets. It is a great opportunity to extend this customer promise to the Sailing Team Finland, and to support the Olympic-project on a practical level,” says Atte Palomäki, Executive Vice President, Communications & Branding.
Finland House provides venue for events
Wärtsilä’s presence in Rio is not only limited in offering logistic solutions to Finnish Sailing Team. First of its kind, Finland House, is a unique high-end Finnish hospitality house hosted by the forerunners of the Finnish Cleantech business. This is a new kind of a concept which gives the Olympic athletes and visitors, companies and media a place to meet in a special environment and atmosphere, in a building called Casa França-Brasil, in the center of Rio de Janeiro.
In addition to the partners’ own exclusive events, the house will host press conferences organized by the Olympic Committee of Finland, possible medal celebrations of Finnish athletes and other VIP events. ”We want to be part of this exceptional effort, which profiles the Finnish Cleantech know-how in a magnificent way. Wärtsilä is heavily present in Brazil and the country is an important market for us,” states Atte Palomäki. Indeed, Wärtsilä has operated in Brazil since 1990 and currently employs approximately 700 employees in eight different states. With over 2,5 GW of installed power in over 29 power plants in the country, and with 1100 MW in over 270 vessels, the importance of Brazil as an area of operation cannot be understated.