Tuesday 3 August 2021
Lutz / Beucke Celebrates the Silver Ceremony
The sailors put an end to the decline in medals
Tina Lutz and Susan Buick don’t have a perfect run in the Olympics final medal competition. But her fifth place is enough for a second place overall. The duo won the first silver medal for German sailors in 21 years.
Tina Lutz and Susan Bucky ended the German sailors’ Olympic medal dip. He led the duo of Holzhausen and Strandy from third to second in the overall standings ahead of Enoshima in the medal race in the FX 49er class with a fifth and a silver medal. It was the German women’s first precious metal since Amelie Lux’s silver medal in pre-Sydney 2000 surfing. In the final race, Brazil’s Martin Grill/Kahina Konzi took the gold, as they did in Rio in 2016. Bronze went to Annemiek Brekkering/Annette Dütz From Holland.
After crossing the finish line, 30-year-old helmsman Tina Lutz and same-year-old crew member Susan Buick begin their silver party. They hugged and cried with joy. They were enthusiastically greeted by their team at the port.
“It will pay off at some point.”
With their success in the area where Willie Cowhide won the gold 57 years ago, they ended a career, marked by low hits and highs. During their 14 years of their boat partnership, the two-time European champion had to show the ability to ride the boat multiple times. Lutz’s motto has always been: “It will pay off at some point.”
In 2012, the Bavarian-North German crew missed the 470th Olympics, including a thrilling march to the court. Four years later, she had to concede defeat in the 49er-FX in the indoor Olympic qualifier against Vicky Gorczuk and Annika Lorenz of Berlin, who later came in ninth in Rio.
A shrapnel break for Susan Buick at the start of 2020 – in the middle of a national elimination – nearly prevented Olympic participation in Japan. Meanwhile, Lotta Wimmers jumped from Kiel to Beucke, along with Lutz at the World Cup in Australia, ensuring not to lose too many points in the fencing against permanent rivals Jurczok/Anika Lorenz. With the successful qualification for the Olympics in Japan and a second European Championship title last year, all fears and doubts have disappeared.
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