Nina Curtis | Australian Olympic Committee

Nina's Story

24 year old Nina Curtis and young teammates Olivia Price (19) and Lucinda Whitty (22) defied their age to earn themselves a silver medal in the Elliot 6m Match Racing event at the London 2012 Games.

She rose to prominence in 2009 as a part of Nicky Souter's 2009 World Champion match racing crew alongside London teammate Lucinda Whitty. Curtis won the 2010 Australian Female Sailor of the Year award after also claiming the prestigious Skandia Sail for Gold World Cup regatta held in Great Britain.

Curtis began sailing alongside skipper Olivia Price and crewmate Lucinda Whitty in 2011. The trio were selected to compete for Australia at the 2012 Olympics test event in Weymouth where they finished 5th. They then placed 8th at the 2011 World Championships in Perth, before going on to claim 2nd and 3rd in Miami and Palma de Majorca in early 2012.

With some good performances on the board in 2012 the trio headed to their debut Games full of confidence and it showed. They went undefeated through the round robin stage of the competition before knocking off the Netherlands in the quarter-finals 3-1. The Australian crew then had to come from behind after losing the first leg to defeat Finland and earn themselves a spot in the final.

Curtis and her teammates lined up against Spain in the final and with the crews splitting the opening two races disaster struck the Aussies as Whitty fell overboard and the Spanish took the leg win. Australia pulled off a remarkable effort to win the next leg despite Whitty having little time to recover from the freezing Weymouth conditions before they were finally beaten 3-2.

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