Magnus Olsson passed away this Saturday, at the age of 64, after suffering a stroke earlier last week. The news has shocked the international sailing community and we have lost one of the biggest talents and strongest personalities the sport has ever had. Our hearts go out to Magnus family and friends in their difficult time.
Magnus Olsson was a person who made an impact; not only on the sport he loved and competed in all through his life, but also on people he met along the way. His energy, passion and talent made him one of Sweden’s most successful sailors of all time and his merits speak for themselves. A gifted dinghy sailor, an America’s Cup challenger with Pelle Petterson and a six time competitor in the Volvo Ocean Race. As a leader, he had a positive force that moved things forward and throughout his career, Mange’s enthusiasm continuously carried Swedish sailing to higher levels. He has served as a role model for many sailors and he will continue to do so for many years to come. Still, it’s heartbreaking that we won't have him around to share the fun.
Brandspot owes a lot to Magnus Olsson and we are honored to have been able to call him a friend. He was a very welcome guest at Marstrand during our events and we are grateful for his support, as he has taken time to be a part of our activities these last couple of years. Just a little over a month ago, we called him up during our Meetingspot in Stockholm. Magnus gave the audience a much-appreciated update on the progress of Team SCA, the Swedish all-women Volvo Ocean Race crew he was coaching in Lanzarote.
“Every sport needs heroes and for many of us, that’s precisely what Magnus Olsson was. He was also a humble and kind person with a natural ability to cheer people up. We mourn the loss of one of sailing greatest champions and his smile will be missed all around the world”, says Brandspot CEO Jan Torstensson.
Magnus, you will always be a true hero. We miss you.
Image: Dave Kneale/Volvo Ocean Race