The Australian actress motivates her home country's sailing crew with a good luck phone call

By People Staff
Updated August 19, 2008 07:00 PM
Evan Agostini/AP

Nicole Kidman has turned her screen performances into Oscar gold – and now she has inspired the Australian men’s sailing team to bring home Olympic gold as well.

Malcolm Page and Nathan Wilmot of the Australian men’s 470 sailing team won a gold medal on Tuesday after receiving a good luck call from the Hollywood star, who hails from Australia.

Page told reporters that at first he rejected “the unknown number” on his cell phone before he realized it was Kidman calling, according to Melbourne’s Herald Sun.

“I was getting breakfast and thought, ‘Ah, I just don’t want to talk to her today,’ so I bumped it,” joked Page. “Then two seconds later there was a message from Nicole wishing us good luck.”

“I ended up returning her call. She was very happy,” added the athlete who, with his sailing partner had named their boat The Australian after Kidman’s upcoming movie. “She was very surprised that we do have a tradition of naming our boats after her movies and she’s just really stoked to be part of a team.”

Page and Wilmot have named previous boats after Kidman’s films, including Days of Thunder and Dead Calm. (Kidman won an Oscar for 2002’s The Hours.)

Asked if Kidman’s call helped them clinch the gold medal, Page said: “It does go a long way, don’t worry about that.”