2017 US Sailing Team Announced
the three U.S. Men’s 470 teams have the potential to form a highly competitive unit.
Another experienced athlete returning to the fold in 2017 is two-time Olympian, 2006 Rolex World Sailor of the Year and record fi ve-time Laser Radial World Championship medalist Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.). The road towards Tokyo 2020 will be the fourth full- time Olympic campaign of the Floridian’s accomplished career. Joining Railey in the Laser Radial will be long-time national team teammate and record four-time ICSA College Sailing National Singlehanded Champion Erika Reineke (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.).
US Sailing has named 18 Olympic-class athletes to the 2017 US Sailing Team. The national team is selected annually and is comprised of the top sailors competing in the events selected for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The roster is assembled from a combination of sailors who qualifi ed based on results at World Cup Series Miami 2017, and additional accomplished athletes who receive discretionary selection from the Chief of U.S. Olympic Sailing, two-time Olympic Champion Malcolm Page (Newport, R.I.). Through the US Sailing Team and its sponsors, athletes on the Olympic path receive fi nancial, logistical, coaching, technical, fi tness, marketing and communications support.
“Being named to your national team in any sport is a distinct honor, but it is also important to realize that these athletes have embraced a long-term commitment to excellence,” said Page. “In addition to displaying some fi ne racing results over the past year, each of these sailors has committed
to a comprehensive training and competition plan for 2017. We want our roster to feature athletes who are internationally competitive, progressing in their training plans, and committed to reaching the top of the podium.”
The 2017 team features seven athletes who competed in Rio 2016, and it is expected that others, including Olympic bronze medalist Caleb Paine (San Diego, Calif.) will return to action over the coming months. The US Sailing Team started the year with good results at World Cup Series Miami, North America’s premier Olympic classes regatta. Men’s 470 veterans Stu McNay (Providence, R.I.) and David Hughes (Miami, Fla.), the top-performing American boat in any class over the past four years, claimed their third career Miami gold medals. McNay and Hughes fi nished 4th overall at Rio 2016, and their near-miss of the Olympic podium has propelled them towards earning another chance in Tokyo.
Joining McNay and Hughes on the national team for the fi rst time will be 2016 I420 Youth World Champions Wiley Rogers (Houston, Texas) and Jack Parkin (Riverside, Conn.), who have made the jump to the Olympic 470 class. Former 49er sailor Ian MacDiarmid (Delray Beach, Fla.), the fi rst modern-era sailor to win U.S. national championships in two different Olympic classes before the age of 18, qualifi ed for the team in early 2017 and transitioned to the Men’s 470 soon after. He will sail with London 2012 Men’s 470 Olympic bronze medalist Lucas Calabrese (Miami, Fla.) who has transferred nationalities from Argentina to the United States. Together,
Holding down the men’s singlehanded classes will be Rio 2016 Olympian, Charlie Buckingham (Newport Beach, Calif.) in the Laser, with 2013 Laser National Champion Luke Muller (Ft. Pierce, Fla.) in the heavyweight Finn class. Muller marked his arrival in the top level of international Finn sailing with a 4th overall fi nish at World Cup Series Miami 2017.
Two-time Moth class World Champion and 2009 US Sailing Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Bora Gulari (Detroit, Mich.) will sail with former 49erFX athlete, 2015 Pan American Games bronze medalist and 2016 Olympian Helena Scutt (Kirkland, Wash.). Louisa Chafee (Warwick, R.I.), a three- time collegiate All-American, will compete with 2014 Youth Worlds silver medalist Riley Gibbs (Long Beach, Calif.).
“When people see our new logo, they should associate it with excellence, hard work, innovation, and results. It represents a new era, and the unlimited potential of our national team.”
- Malcolm Page, Chief of U.S. Olympic Sailing
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