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Interview with USSDT’s Morgan Kiss, Katia DaSilva, International 420 World Championship Silver Medalists

Portsmouth, R.I. (August 4, 2010) – Morgan Kiss (Holland, Mich.) and Katia DaSilva (East Greenwich, R.I.), members of the US Sailing Development Team (USSDT), won an impressive silver medal at the 2010 International 420 World Championship Saturday, their best result yet on the international stage. Finishing two points shy of winning gold in the 37-boat women’s fleet, they posted eight single digit scores out of 11 races, including one bullet and five seconds. In an interview with US SAILING, the talented youth sailors explain why they credit their medal to their excellent communication and why it was important to focus on each race at a time.

US SAILING: How does it feel to win a silver medal at the World Championship?

1420 worldsDASILVA: Winning silver surpassed our original goal of finishing top ten going into the event. We were able to put it all together and peak at the right time, so silver feels awesome.

US SAILING: Why is this medal important to you? What does it mean for you to win a medal at such an important world championship?

KISS: This medal is important to us because it shows that we can still perform in a strong fleet. It feels good to know that we can compete and close an event when it matters.

US SAILING: What were your strengths this regatta? What were the keys to your success?

DASILVA: Our biggest strength was definitely our communication in the boat. We were able to optimize our speed and make smarter decisions together by constantly sharing information with each other.

US SAILING: What was your tipping point during the event when you realized everything was clicking and you were at the top of your game? Describe that moment.

KISS: Throughout the event we tried to stay focused on each race. We avoided considering what was possible in results until the last day. This mentality really helped us race to the best of our ability because we weren't worried about what had happened or what was going to happen later in the regatta.

US SAILING: What were your challenges?

DASILVA: We had a rough start in the qualifying series with three bad races in a row but we were able to refocus and have better results the next day. Our ability to correct our mistakes quickly really paid off.

US SAILING: How would you describe the competition overall?

DASILVA: There was a lot of close racing and many opportunities to gain and lose. The strength of the competition made it very important to keep focused throughout the entire race because nothing was guaranteed.

US SAILING: How would you describe the conditions overall?

KISS: The conditions could be pretty tricky at times with the variation in timing and trends of the shifts from day to day. We definitely benefited from keeping our strategies simple and adapting to the changes while racing.

We'd like to thank our coaches at the event -- Zack Leonard, Steve Keen, and Elizabeth Kratzig -- for all of the work that they put in for the team. We would also like to thank our training partners and Leandro Spina for all of his support over the past year.

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About the US Sailing Development Team
The US Sailing Development Team (USSDT) is managed by the United States Sailing Association (US SAILING), the national governing body for the sport of sailing and sailboat racing. Selected annually, the USSDT is supported and administered exclusively by the US Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC) of US SAILING. The OSC’s mission is to develop sailors for Olympic-caliber competition and to prepare them for qualification to the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) and the Olympic Sailing Team. The OSC supports these athletes with coaching and by facilitating training and racing with and against the best national and international competition. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, US SAILING is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. US SAILING offers training and education programs for instructors and race officials, supports a wide range of sailing organizations and communities, issues offshore rating certificates, and provides administration and oversight of competitive sailing across the country. For more information about US SAILING, please visit: For more information about the US Sailing Development Team, please visit: