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Interview with Ulsan World Cup Korea 2012 Winners

After the completion of 5 races over the course of 7 exciting days, the ones to claim the title of Champion at the Ulsan World Cup Korea 2012 where Micah Buzianis (JP / MauiSails) and Valerie Arrighetti (Tabou /Gaastra). After the awards ceremony the PWA caught up with the two and interviewed them.

Here’s how the interview with Micah Buzianis went:

PWA: How are you feeling after winning the event?
Micah Buzianis:
I’m super happy, it’s been a while since I’ve won or had a good event period. I’m excited on so many different levels. I’m really happy for my new sponsors, MauiSails, and really grateful to the whole team. I can’t wait to go back to Maui and celebrate with everyone, they’ve all given me so much support and helped me through some tough times, so it means a lot that I can reward them for sticking by me.

PWA: As you headed out for the final, were you aware of where you needed to finish to claim the victory and did that play on your mind?
Micah Buzianis:
It was on my mind a little, obviously I didn’t want to push too hard at the start and go over early, that was the one thing I couldn’t afford to do. I knew I needed to be in the top three or somewhere around there at least. I try not to focus on the points too much, and just concentrate on sailing my race. I’m aiming to win every race I sail so it doesn’t really matter if I have to win it or not.

PWA: You trained really hard over the winter, is there anything in particular that you think helped you to win his event?
Micah Buzianis
: The biggest help has been Phil McGain. He’s the brand manager at MauiSails and they took a chance on me. Phil’s helped me out both on and off the water, he’s so motivated and his motivation has rubbed off on me.

And here’s how the interview with Valerie Arrighetti went:

PWA: How were you feeling after your mistake in the semi-final and how did that compare to when you knew you had won?
Valier Arrighetti:
I thought I had ruined my chances of winning the event. I was sure that Karin Jaggi would go on to win as she is such a good competitor. I was just left to pray that she didn’t win. I watched the winner’s final and I couldn’t believe my luck when I saw that Karin was in third place. It hasn’t fully settled in yet that I have won, as I have a lot of things running through my head, but I’m obviously delighted because I knew I had to win here to improve my overall ranking. I really thought it wasn’t going to be my year in Korea, especially after the last race yesterday when I got seaweed around my fin on the last reach and it cost me first place. Luck was definitely shining on me today.”