Diego Botín joins the Spain SailGP Team in the flight controller position for Season 2, adding an Olympic veteran to the youngest crew in the global championship. Despite their age, the majority of the team has competed together in the Youth America’s Cup, and the upcoming campaign will reunite Botín with his partner Iago López Marra as the pair looks to return to the Games later this year in Tokyo.
When he was 7-years-old, Botín joined the Specialized High-Performance Center (CEAR) and it was where he realized that his competitive nature would drive him in his future sporting endeavors.
Initially, Botín was studying business administration but he knew his real passion was in sailing, so he shifted his academic focus onto subjects related to the sea and nautical studies, such as boat design, hydro-aerodynamics and meteorology.
He competed alongside several of his Spain SailGP Team members as part of the Spanish Impulse crew in the 2017 Red Bull Youth America’s Cup.
Botín represented Spain at the 2016 Rio Olympics, finishing ninth overall in the 49er class. That same year, he won the European championship, a feat he repeated in 2018.
In addition to his inclusion on the Spanish SailGP Team, Botin has his eyes set on the Tokyo Games this summer where he will represent his country once again alongside teammate Iago López Marra in the 49er class and improve upon their result in Brazil. The successful pairing will be counting on its strong relationship to succeed in both SailGP and on the Olympic circuit this season.