LOOP: Antiguan kiteboarder Tiger Tyson has secured a spot in next year’s competition at the Olympic Games in Paris.
It will be the first time that Antigua and Barbuda is represented in kiteboarding at an Olympic Games.
Tyson secured the spot after winning a silver medal at the 2023 Pan American Games on Thursday.
The 21-year-old was a front-runner for a medal as he was constantly among the top three finishers in the 16 races that preceded the medal race.
In the final, he finished second behind Brazil’s Bruno Lobo.
Tyson and his fellow medalist received their pieces of precious silverware on Saturday.
Reflecting on the competition, Tyon wrote on Instagram that his competition was a “roller coaster of emotions” and a “week full of intense battles, with highs, lows and tears.”
“ It came down to the last race for the Olympic spot between some tough competitors, especially @markusedegran and @deurycorniel. Feeling extremely thankful and proud to have come out in second place and winning the Olympic ticket for 2024, a dream that I have been working towards for many years now!” he commented.
“I still can’t believe that this dream has come true and I can’t wait for the rest of the journey ahead. I owe endless thanks to everyone who has stood by my side and got me through this adventure every day to reach this moment. A special thank you to my coach and friend @edvieytes !”
Kiteboarding will be making its Olympic debut in Paris.
The competition is scheduled to take place from August 4-8, 2024, at the Marseille Marina.
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