In August, Daniela Moroz competed in her seventh Formula Kite Class World Championship in the Netherlands, where she had a difficult series but came away having qualified to represent the US in the 2024 Olympics in Marseille, France.
Since then, Moroz has traveled to Algarrobo, Chile, to compete in the Pan Am Games, where she claimed the gold medal in the Formula Kite Women, closing out with a bullet in the final race of the series.
“Going to a games like this is always a really cool experience,” Moroz said. “Especially at the end of a tough week, to be at the top of the podium and hear your national anthem is a really cool moment. It makes me want to work really hard towards Paris and have the same experience there.”
Moroz is now continuing her quest to achieve the gold medal in the 2024 Olympics. She has been burning up the women’s kiteboarding world since she started sailing off Crissy Field, and went on to win her first Kiteboarding World Championship and Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year award when she was 15. Now, at the age of 22, her long trail to the Olympics is consumed by training, but also the fundraising needed to support the coaching and travel schedule required to stay competitive within the global kiteboarding scene. To learn more about Daniela’s campaign, and to offer support, you can visit danielamoroz.com.
We’ll follow up with more Bay Area Olympic success, with Richmond Yacht Club’s David Liebenberg winning a silver medal in the Nacra 17 class with skipper Sarah Newberry Moore, and St. Francis YC’s Hans Henken winning the gold at the Pan Am games with skipper Ian Barrows in the 49er class.