Meet Your two thousand sixteen U. S. Olympic Sailing Team

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 10:20 PM

S. sailors have qualified for the Rio de Janeiro two thousand sixteen Olympic Games in tenth different boats. Each of those Olympic spots was filled based on results from two international competitions in each class.

Meet Your two thousand sixteen U. S. Olympic Sailing Team

Fifteen U. S. sailors have qualified for the Rio de Janeiro two thousand sixteen Olympic Games in tenth different boats. Each of those Olympic spots was filled based on results from two international competitions in each class.

Here’s a see at the sailors who'll represent Team UNITED STATES OF AMERICA in Rio.


and were the first two members named to the two thousand sixteen U. S. Olympic Sailing Team following the 49er World Championships in Clearwater, Florida. They were the top U. S. finishers at the two thousand fifteen 49erFX World Championships, where they placed twentieth, and have been the top U. S. boat in eight other races since the start of two thousand fifteen. Henken, a twenty-year-old skipper and native of San Clemente, California, is a learner at the College of Charleston in S Carolina. Scutt, who learned to sail growing up on Lake WA close Seattle but didn’t start to race competitively until high school, sailed for Stanford. The two have been racing the 49erFX together since two thousand fourteen and are the top-ranked U. S. team in their class. Both will create their Olympic debuts in Rio.


Louisa Chafee and Bora Gulari will compete in the Nacra seventeen class, new for this Olympic cycle. The daughter of former Democratic presidential candidate Lincoln Chafee, Louisa Chafee and Gulari were the top-ranked boat heading into the second of two choice series events and held on to earn the spot despite being a relatively new team. The native of Warwick, Rhode Island, and former Brown sailor has been racing in the Nacra seventeen class since two thousand fourteen, and this will be her Olympic debut. Gulari began sailing the Nacra seventeen multihull just over a year ago, but the two-time Moth world winner and U. S. Sailing Rolex Yachtsman of the Year brings a wealth of experience to his new team. Considered one of the best American helmsmen of his generation, Gulari is a native of Istanbul, Turkey, who came to the United States as a toddler and the family settled in Detroit. Gulari was introduced to the sport at a youthful age as both his parents sailed, and although he made his first Olympic team tender in two thousand-fourth, this will be Gulari’s debut on the sport’s biggest stage.


Thomas Barrows III was born and raised in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, and represented the U. S. Virgin Islands at the age of 20 in the Laser class at the two thousand eight Games before transitioning to the 49er, the fastest of the Olympic classes. Joe Morris grew up sailing on the Severn River close his residence of Annapolis, Maryland, and will be competing in his first Olympic Games. The two sailors met in two thousand-eighth while attending Yale. Together they won the Fowle Trophy, awarded annually to the best overall collegiate sailing team, in two thousand-ninth. Barrows was College Sailor of the Year in two thousand-tenth. Morris was two thousand twelve NEISA Sailor of the Year. The two began training in the 49er class in late two thousand twelve with the goal of earning a ride to Rio.


returns to the Games for the second time in the Laser Radial class. The native of Clearwater, Florida, placed eighth in London in two thousand-twelfth and was the top U. S. boat in her class this year, leading to choice to her second Olympic team. The years since two thousand twelve have been anything but typical. Railey was involved in a serious bicycle accident in August two thousand fourteen that left her with a fractured spine, dislocated knuckles and several lost teeth. As one of the most accomplished Laser Radial sailors in the United States, however, Railey recovered quickly once back on the water and won gold at the two thousand fifteen Pan American Games and was fourth at the two thousand fifteen Olympic test event. She's a former world champion, U. S. Sailing Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year and ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year.


Caleb Paine earned his first Olympic berth after coming from behind to top two thousand eight Olympic silver medalist Zach Raileyat the Finn European Championship latest month. Paine, a native of San Diego, has been the top-ranked American Finn sailor since two thousand twelve. The Finn Europeans was the second of two regattas used in the U. S. choice process, and he trailed two-time Olympian Railey in the series by just one point. Paine’s seventh-place finish earned his choice over the veteran. His résumé includes a first-place finish in the Finn class at the two thousand eleven-12 ISAF Sailing World Cup series and seventh overall in the two thousand fourteen Finn World Championship.


has been the top U. S. athlete in the men’s Laser class for four years and is the current N American champion. He was a two-time ICSA College Sailor of the Year and has represented the United States at the Pan American Games and during two test events at the two thousand sixteen Olympic venue in Rio. The native of Newport Beach, California, will be making his Olympic debut. His career highlights comprise seventh-place finishes at both the two thousand fourteen Laser World Championship and the two thousand fifteen Olympic test event.


earned her spot on the Olympic team after a standout performance at the Trofeo Princesa Sofia, the second and final Rio two thousand sixteen choice event for RS:X. Trailing two thousand twelve Olympian Farrah Hallby two points in the choice series, Lepert’s performance earned her a spot in the medal race. After a successful youth career, Lepert transitioned to the RS:X in two thousand-thirteenth, and in two thousand-fifteenth she chose to get a leave of absence from Stanford to focus on preparing for Rio. Recent results have included silver at the two thousand fifteen RS:X U21 European Championship and bronze at the Pan Am Games. This will be her Olympic debut.


Pedro Pascual has been sailing since he was a child, but the Miami native’s breakthrough came in two thousand-fifteenth when he won the RS:ONE European Championship and made the gold fleet at the RS:X European Championship. In early two thousand sixteen, he made gold fleet at the RS:X World Championship. Pascual, who took a leave from FL Atlantic to prepare for the Rio Games, earned choice to the team with his performance at the Trofeo Princesa Sofia, the second of the two-regatta choice series. This will be his first ride to the Games.


Annie Haeger and crewmate Briana Provancha are maybe Team UNITED STATES OF AMERICA’s best chances for an Olympic medal in sailing this summer, having won latest year’s Olympic test event in Rio. Haeger, from E Troy, Wisconsin, and Provancha, of San Diego, met at a two thousand seven regatta, where Provancha captured a youth world championship and Haeger was a silver medalist. Following they went to Boston College together, where they continued to prosper both together — they won the ICSA women’s doublehanded nationals as seniors in two thousand-twelfth — and individually, with Haeger winning three ICSA women’s single-handed national championships and Provancha taking three different national titles (2011, match racing; two thousand ten, co-ed; two thousand eight, team race). The two thousand sixteen Olympic debutants have been competing together full time in the four hundred seventy class since two thousand twelve and have been the top U. S. athletes in their class for the past three and a half years.


, the most veteran member of the U. S. team, will be making his third ride to the Olympic Games, this time with Dave Hughes. They teamed up after the London Games and rose quickly through the four hundred seventy ranks, and in addition to their numerous gold medals were also finalists for the U. S. Sailing Rolex Yachtsman of the Year in two thousand-fourteenth and two thousand fifteen. McNay and Hughes have been to the four hundred seventy World Championships twice this Olympic quadrennium and finished top-six both times. Hughes was also an Olympic team coach in London in two thousand-twelfth in the 49er class.



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