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Matías Bühler was born in 1983. When he was only eight years old he started sailing in the waters of the Río de la Plata river, in Buenos Aires.

From an early stage he showed talent and passion for this sport. At the age of thirteen he qualified to represent Argentina in his first appearance in an international regatta in the Optimist class, when he was fourteen he became the South American Champion and the World Sub-champion.

His short time in the Cadet class ( 1998 - 2000) was also highly successful for he finished in 5th place in his first World Championship together with Santiago Galán with only six months experience in this class. Other relevant achievements among those years include the European Sub-championship in 1999 with Luciano Capaccioli and later, together with Fernando Garillo they reached 3º position in the 2000 World Championship.

In 1999 he began his career as a coach. He ran his first clinic at the Toms River Yacht Club in New Jersey. His international name as a coach reached a peak when his Argentinean Optimist teams won the team racing World Championships in 2003 and 2005.

His path through the 470 Olympic class together with Marcos Lamas made them Argentine and South American Champions both in two times.
They earned his first big title in the old continent in 2005 as he finished in 5º place at the Kiel Olympic Week. During the following years other positions were added, finishing within the Top 10 in several regattas such as the Princess Sofia Trophy, the ISAF World Sailing Games, the Barcelona Olympic Week, among others.

Bühler's' huge passion for sailing has encouraged him to start a career in racing keelboats, mainly as tactician and helmsman. Regattas in Argentina, Chile, Spain and Switzerland have built in him a huge admiration for these kinds of boats due to the complexity of the team work within numerous crew members.

His experience in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games was truly memorable. With this first Olympic step, success arrived winning a medal as the technical coach of the Tornado Argentine team of by Santiago Lange and Carlos Espinola.

After becoming a medal winner trainer, Bühler aimed the most ambitious project of his life: winning a medal in the London 2012 Olympic Games representing Switzerland. His remarkable start after winning in 2009 the French Olympic Sailing Week together with Felix Steiger, indeed exulted the Swiss sailing world. Nevertheless, the hardest side of failure hit this sportsman when his crew had to quit the team.

After this difficult moment Matías Bühler started the search for a new challenge which would allow him to reach the sailing world elite. Once again his talent and working capacity brought him again to the Olympic Games. This time training and coaching Richard Staufacher, who obtained the best result for the Swiss Team by finishing in 10th place in London 2012 Olympics.

By the end of 2012 Bühler jumped onboard together with Nathalie Brugger in which would be his most succesfull Olympic projects.
The Nacra 17 class watched them shining between 2013 and the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Podiums in World Championships, Worldcups and Top10´s in most of the international regattas have been the preamble from his Olympic Diploma, achieved by finishing in 7th place in Rio 2016.

All these sailing hours, on top of thre Olympic Games (one as an athletle and two as a coach), 20 appearances in World Championships (including 10 times in the top10), 10 European Championships and 9 South Americans, have made Bühler a versatile sailor, trainer and coach who has gone through multiple experiences and achieved important results in all five continents.

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2003: first World Optimist team racing tittle achieved as a sailing coach (Spain).
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2003: second World Optimist team racing world tittle achieved as a sailing coach (Switzerland).
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2009: first “Copa del Rey” for Bühler. He sailed as tactician for the “Ceylan 1943” (Spain).
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2007: second position as tactician for the “Gladiador” at the “Atlántico Sur”circuit (Uruguay).
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2006: tactician for “Fortuna III” (Argentinean Army)at the IMS Argentinean Championship.
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2006 and 2007: together with Marcos Lamas, Southamerican Champion in the 470 Olympic class (Brazil, Chile).
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2008: bronze medal - Argentinean Tornado coach at the 2008 Olympic Games (China).
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2008: coaching Santiago Lange and Carlos Espinola at the Tornado World Championship (New Zealand).
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2000: bronze, together with Fernando Garillo, at the Cadet World Championship (Poland).
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1991: first steps for Bühler in the Optimist class (Argentina).
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1996: first time qualified to represent Argentina in an international championship.
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1997: Southamerican indivual and team racing champion in the Optimist class (Uruguay).
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1997: World individual and team racing vice-champion in the Optimist class (Northern Ireland).
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2009: together with Felix Steiger, gold in the 470 Olympic class, French Olympic sailing week (France). juergkaufmann.com
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2009 was a succesful year for Bühler-Steiger in the 470 Olympic class. juergkaufmann.com