Last year she finished seventh in the Delta Lloyd Regatta. This year Lilian de Geus wants to win a medal. The 21 year old member of the Delta Lloyd Talent Team had one big goal: competing at the Olympics in Rio. ,,There I want to get a medal”, she says in Medemblik, where she leads with two other women the RS:X after 10 races.
Where you disappointed when you didn’t qualify for the Olympics in London last year? ,,First I was. Windsurfing would be off the olympic program, so normally it would have been my last chance to go to Olympics in my favorit sport. When windsurfing returned to the olympic program, I had a bit mixed feelings. After all I’m glad with the decision”
What went wrong in the qualificationperiod? ,,I qualified as country, but in the Netherlands we have also high qualificationstandards from NOC. I didn’t succeed. I was to young, didn’t have enough experience. In the Netherlands you have to be a medalcandidate at the Olympics. I wasn’t that good last year.”
Did you like kitesurfing. ,,After the Delta Lloyd Regatta last year we switched direct to kitesurfing. I wanted to stay in an olympic sport. Kitesurfing looks a bit like windsurfing, but is was difficult. I did well, before I knew I was at the Worlds. I liked kitesurfen, but it’s okay to be back in windsurfing. It’s the sport I grew up with.”
You had a good start this season. Did you change things? ,,No, we trained very hard during the winter. Last year I had problems to qualify for the medalraces. This year in Palma and Hyères I qualified and at both World Cups I finished sixth. And here in Medemblik things are going well again. I made big progress.”
What’s your goal this season and in the future? ,,This year I want to do very well at the Europeans in Brest. I would like to get the A-status from NOC. Therefore I must be in the top 6. Finally I want to be at the Olympics in Rio 2016. Not only to compete, but I want to win a medal. Now windsurfing is back on the olympic program, it means to me an extra motivation. I put school a bit on hold, doing the third year in physiotherapy in two years. I’ve got more time to sport. That must lead to good results.”