Our team just finished sailing at the IFDS Worlds in Weymouth and the hard training paid off. With Silver medal and a 4th in the Skud, a 4th and 5th in the 2.4m and a 5th, 6th, 15th in the Sonar we are starting to knock on the door and achieve our goal of being in a position to win three medals at the Paralympics in a year. After this event we are 5th country in the Sonar, 3rd country in the 2.4m, and 2nd country in the Skud. That is a good step on the way. We will now turn to more training stateside to get ready for the 2012 IFDS Worlds and US SAILING’S 2012 Rolex Miami OCR, both of which serve as the Paralympic selection regattas for the U.S. Paralympic Team - Sailing. The competition is steep and we have competing teams in each of the three classes. We are exactly where we want to be at this point. Everyone will work hard to “claim the spot for the Paralympics” and at the same time push each other further ahead.
We are now almost done at the 2011 ISAF Youth Worlds, and we are looking to repeat the great medal haul from 2010. We are looking to medal in three classes and better the three bronze medals we got last year. Right now our I420 girls team is in silver medal position, our 29er team is in bronze medal position and our girls radial is just two points out of the Silver medal. We look forward to seeing this team show their talent, both for the remaining regatta and also leading on to the Olympic events stage in the next four to eight years.
We are now just one year from the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and we are in a great position leading into this crucial last year. We have several sailors in our medal-capable classes putting up great scores and more talented sailors knocking on the door to the international top 10. Over the next months, we will all focus on training for the expected heavier air in Perth (Olympic classes) and Florida (Paralympic classes). Training camps will go on all over the country.
Sixteen athletes will be competing in the Olympic Test Event and we look forward to another chance to gain more valuable information on sailing in Weymouth. This will be a regatta with just one representative from each country in each class, therefore a truer test of what it will be like at the Olympic Games. We look forward to sending you updates from this event in a few weeks.
High Performance Director/Head Coach
Excerpted from The Medalist newsletter, July 2011. To subscribe: http://sailingteams.ussailing.org/News/The_Medalist.htm