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Humans of Olympics: Meet Sergio Vigil, Argentina’s ‘serial winner’ in hockey


The best thing about Olympics is you never know who you bump into. The people walking around you are more often than not unsuspectingly big stars in their sport.

A short man with a baggy cap, Sergio Vigil, was walking around the stands in the Olympic Park when Argentinians who spotted him dashed straight to him, hugged him, kissed him and requested him for selfies. The little man, though tired, smiled baring all his teeth and posed for pictures.

Turns out the man, after a long day of work as an expert for television, was looking for his son and wife who had the keys to the apartment. Turns out that the man in question is also a serial winner.

Under Sergio Vigil, the Argentinian women’s team have won the World Cup in 2002, silver at 2000 Sydney Olympics, bronze at 2004 Athens Olympics, the 2001 Champions Trophy and the 1999 Pan American Games. He also coached the men’s team from 2004 to 2008, apart from playing the hockey World Cups in Lahore and London for Argentina as a player.

Vigil has been to India several times and has many friends (connected with hockey of course) both to play and coach. He fondly remembers his trips to New Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai.

Updated Date: Aug 19, 2016 16:54 PM

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