It’s so exciting to know that we are yet another month closer to the Olympics and Paralympics. Many sailors have told me....”Wow, it's so close now and we cannot wait to show what we are made of in Weymouth.” What was once this regatta in the distant future is now just a few months away.
Last month the six Paralympic Team members were selected at the IFDS Worlds and US Sailing’s Rolex Miami OCR. We have a strong team leading the way in the SKUD 18, Sonar and 2.4m classes, and they are all eager to put in a lot of hours of training. That is in general the attitude when it comes to our team. Work harder than your competition and you will see results! Each team has a full schedule for the next seven months.
Every team will travel to the Games this summer to bring home as many medals as possible. We know we have the talent to take our big share, and in the next months we will do all that we can to make sure that we are fully prepared. We will be super charged going into these Games. We will be ready to do our absolute best.
On the Olympic side we took home three medals from the ISAF Worlds in Perth. At the Rolex Miami OCR we followed that up with an additional four medals, three of which were in classes not won in Perth. Our clear goal is to go into these Games with medal potential in several classes. When putting the Perth and Miami results together, we can see that things are truly coming together. Naturally the key here is to have our classes be able to do it all at the same time. Peaking at the right time is paramount for our goals to be fulfilled. I can tell you that each of our teams have a carefully planned out schedule which will help them be physically and mentally at the right level.
In January our Youth Words qualifier had a great turn out that made this a fantastic event. In January our Youth Words qualifier a great turn out made this a fantastic event. The winners of each class will represent the USA at the Youth Worlds this summer in Ireland. Similar to our Olympic and Paralympic team members, these sailors will work hard in the months to come and get ready for their big event. We also selected 50 sailors for our US Sailing Development Team. Having a structured pipeline is crucial to our future medal potential, and I am truly excited at the level of the many talents coming up the ranks. We have seen a number of changes to the Development Team over the past years and we now have a very focused effort and have closed the gap between youth sailing and Olympic sailing.
- Kenneth Andreasen
US Sailing High Performance Director/Head Coach
Excerpted from The Medalist newsletter