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Just 15, Maximilian Maeder could well be Singapore's next Olympic medallist

Teen kitefoiling world-beater has thrived with his unusual upbringing

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Kitefoiler Maximilian Maeder has been active on the competition circuit since he was 10 years old.
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I'm sitting in a suite at The Fullerton Hotel, shooting the breeze with a teenager who could well be Singapore's next Olympic medallist.

A world champion at just 15, Maximilian Maeder has more than a decent shot at winning a medal in kitefoiling at the 2024 Paris Olympics where the sport will debut as a competitive event.

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