“We can adapt to everything. We can deal with craziness and deal with instability and come out on top,” says Fitzgibbon. Their flexibility paid off when, over five days of racing, Rio de Janeiro threw everything at the Paralympians, from currents to cold fronts. The Aussies never scored higher than second. Fitzgibbon and Tesch had enough of a margin to win the gold medal with two races to spare, and wrapped up the week with second place in the medal race. Canada’s John McRoberts and Jackie Gay won silver, and Great Britain’s Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell rounded out the podium.