“Everything there was just fantastic. It was the first time I’d been to Australia, and there was full on action all day long,” the prince told Berlingske. “To meet my future wife there was … perfect.”
On the eve of the couple’s departure for the Rio games 16 years later, the 48-year-old royal and father of four said he now has no regrets about not chasing Olympic glory.
“I’d been pushed to the limit training as a diver when I was younger, and I briefly wondered if I should dare to dream of trying out for Denmark’s national team in 1996. Probably in sailing,” he said. “But it was a little late in my life. ”
Denmark’s Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik
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“If I dropped out of everything else I was doing, yes, if I had spent four years training for it, then I could have done it,” he said.
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The prince is an accomplished Dragon Class Yachtsman, who still competes in extreme sports including cross-country ski racing, 186-mile cycling runs, competitive river swimming and 18 mile trail races.
“Instead I plunged into a different life so no, I don’t regret that.”
Frederik and his wife will meet his younger brother Prince Joachim, 47 and wife Princess Marie, 40, in Rio and, as an International Olympic Committee (IOC) member since 2009, the prince will stay for the duration of the spectacle, which is will come to a close on Aug. 21.
During that time he may well encounter some other members of Europe’s royal families. The Netherlands King Willem-Alexander, 48, and his Argentine-born Queen Máxima, 45, are expected to be at the Aug. 4 Opening Ceremony, while Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf, 70, and Queen Silvia, 72, are scheduled to arrive later to show their support for their national teams.