Magnus Olsson, one of the greatest sportsmen in the world of sailing, has passed away
Magnus Olsson (64), one of the greatest sportsmen in the world of sailing has passed away at a hospital in Spain. His family and friends were by his side.
Magnus suffered a stroke during the week and, despite initial positive signs, deteriorated over the following days.
“Mange was the greatest person I have ever met, one of my very best friends, and one of the greatest sailors ever. He was a unique man who brought energy, humor and love to everyone around him. Our thoughts are with his family at this very sad time. He meant a lot to so many people and currently he was a fundamental part of Team SCA. The team will continue the great work that he started, training and working in the way that he would have expected. He will be sorely missed by us all. It is a true privilege to have been a friend of Mange, and I will proudly carry his legacy with me forever,” said Richard Brisius, Managing Director of Team SCA, SCA's participation in the Volvo Ocean Race.
Magnus ‘Mange’ Olsson’s biography, as well as two photographs: Picture I photographer Rick Tomlinson; Picture II photographer Oskar Kihlborg.
“Magnus was a great sportsman who, throughout his impressive offshore racing career, brought his passionate spirit and enthusiasm to the sport. He has inspired our female crew, many other sailors, both young and old, and all of us who had the opportunity of meeting and knowing him. Magnus will be deeply missed around the world. Our thoughts now go to his family and all who were touched by his energy and passionate spirit,” said Jan Johansson, President and CEO of SCA.