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Max Maeder: Singapore's next Olympic hopeful

Teen kitefoiling world-beater has thrived with his unusual upbringing

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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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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 15, 2022, with the headline Max Maeder: Singapore's next Olympic hopeful. Subscribe