Lee Korzits, Israel’s windsurfing gold-medal winner and Olympic windsurfing hopeful, captured the gold medal at the Women’s RS:X World Championship in Australia on December 11. Korzits follows in the footsteps of Gal Fridman, an Israeli windsurfer who captured the gold at the 2004 Athens Olympics.
By Avigayil Kadesh
Israel’s Olympic windsurfing hopeful Lee Korzits readily admits to being a hyperactive thrill-seeker. Only on the water is she truly able to focus. "I can’t concentrate anywhere else, so it’s like a meditation place for me," she says. "I learn to be quiet – really quiet. I listen to the sea, and the sound of the waves is like a mantra."
The 27-year-old Israeli became the youngest windsurfing world champion in 2003. In September, she earned the silver medal at the RS:X European Windsurfing Championships in Bulgaria and on December 11 Korzits captured the gold medal at the Women’s RS:X World Championship in Australia, in the second of four qualifying rounds for next summer’s London Olympics.
"Windsurfing for me is everything," says Korzits. The challenging sport combines elements of sailing and surfing with gymnastic jumps, loops and spins.
Korzits writes songs, and has broad interests despite never finishing high school (she took equivalency exams for her diploma). "I’m not a person who likes studying, but I like to know stuff."
After her competitive days are over, she plans to stay close to shore. "I would like to teach windsurfing, to show kids what the sport can give them. In the sea, they have to handle something stronger than themselves. I want to give the power I got from nature to other people."