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2013 US Sailing Development Team Announced

Future Olympic Hopefuls Selected for US Sailing Development Team

Portsmouth, R.I. (March 20, 2013) – Thirty-eight talented sailors have been named to the 2013 US Sailing Development Team (USSDT), the pathway team supported by the U.S. Olympic Sailing Program and US Sailing’s Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC). The USSDT was created in 2007 to help young athletes, who have been identified as future Olympic prospects, acquire the skills necessary to launch successful campaigns and compete at the Olympic level.

“The list of sailors on the 2013 Development Team includes many talented sailors,” said Josh Adams, Managing Director of U.S. Olympic Sailing (Essex, Mass.). “Some are already training hard in Olympic class boats; and others are competing in Youth Worlds classes, excellent feeders into our system. All represent our future and are on a path for the 2020 and 2024 Olympic Games.”

Sailors were selected in the Olympic Class events at the 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, and in the ISAF Youth World Championships events at the U.S. Youth Worlds Team Qualifier, both held in January.

The following athletes have been named to the 2013 Team:

470 (Men’s and Women’s Two Person Dinghy)
Nikki Medley (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.).
Lara Dallman-Weiss (Ham Lake, Minn.)
Wade Waddell* (Palm Beach, Fla.) – also I420 Boys
Henry Fernberger* (New York, N.Y.)

49er (Men's Two Person Dinghy High Performance)
Brad Funk (Miami, Fla.)
Erik Aakhus (Corona del Mar, Calif.)

49er FX (Women's Two Person Dinghy High Performance)
Kristen Lane (Tiburon, Calif.)
Molly Carapiet (Belvedere, Calif.)
Christine Neville (Oakland, Calif.) – also Women’s 470
Paris Henken (Coronado, Calif.)

Finn (Men's One Person Dinghy Heavy) 
Eric Lidecis (Huntington Beach, Calif.)

Laser (One Person Dinghy) 
Greg Martinez (Houston, Texas)

Laser Radial (One Person Dinghy) 
Claire Dennis (Saratoga, Calif.)
Addison Hackstaff* (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Gary Prieto (Southold, N.Y.)
Haddon Hughes* (Houston, Texas)
Dana Rohde (Richmond Hill, Ga.)

RS:X Women (Windsurfer) 
Marion Lepert* ** (Belmont, Calif.)
Margot Samson (Belleair, Fla.)
Charlotte Samson (Belleair, Fla.)

RS:X Men (Windsurfer) 
Christopher Waldo (Clearwater, Fla.)
Maximo Nores* (Miami, Fla.)
Jonathan Rudich (Clearwater, Fla.)

I420 Girls (Two Person Dinghy) 
Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick (Darien, Conn.)
Haley Fox (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Casey Klingler* (Larchmont, N.Y.)
Fiona Walsh* (Rye, N.Y.)

I420 Boys (Two Person Dinghy) 
Reinier Eenkema van Dijk (Rye, N.Y.)
Spencer McDonough (Greenwich, Conn.)

29er (Two Person Skiff)
Quinn Wilson (Ojai, Calif.)
Dane Wilson (Ojai, Calif.)
Nic Muller (Fort Pierce, Fla.)
Kai Friesecke (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)

Mulithull 
Ravi Parent* (Bradenton, Fla.)
Sam Armington* (Sarasota, Fla.)
Dave Hein (Rocky River, Ohio/Miami, Fla.)
Taylor Reiss (Panama City, Fla.)
Sarah Lihan (New York, N.Y.) – also Women’s 470

*Denotes member of 2013 U.S. Youth Worlds Team
** Denotes member of 2013 US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider

In addition to receiving elite-level coaching, guidance and mentoring, members of the USSDT will benefit from joint training with US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider athletes and other top sailors from across the United States. Support provided to these athletes also includes shipping and logistical assistance, as well as access to the Performance Enhancement Team of physical therapists, trainers and nutritionists.

The US Sailing Development Team is led by Managing Director of U.S. Olympic Sailing Josh Adams (Essex, Mass.), Olympic Sailing Committee Chairman Ben Richardson (Gloucester, Mass.), High Performance Director Charlie McKee (Coronado, Calif.), Communications Director Dana Paxton (Newport, R.I.), Commercial Manager Katie Smith (Newport, R.I.), Olympic Manager Meredith Muller (Newport, R.I.) and Olympic Coordinator Will Ricketson (Newport, R.I.). In addition to McKee, the team is coached by Olympic Coach Romain Bonnaud (Miami, Fla.), Senior Olympic Coach Luther Carpenter (La Porte, Texas), and Olympic Coach Leandro Spina (Miami, Fla.).

For a list of the athletes, their hometowns, yacht club affiliations and schools, please visit the USSDT page on the US Sailing website: http://sailingteams.ussailing.org/Teams/2013USSDT.htm

For more information on selection: http://sailingteams.ussailing.org/Selection/2013_US_Sailing_Development_Team.htm
 

 

About the US Sailing Development Team
The US Sailing Development Team is managed by the United States Sailing Association (US Sailing), the national governing body for the sport of sailing and sailboat racing. 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 Sperry Top-Sider 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. Created in 2007 and known then as the Elite Youth Development Team, the program was expanded in 2008 to help young athletes who have been identified as future Olympic prospects to acquire the skills necessary to launch successful campaigns and compete at the Olympic level.

The United States Sailing Association (US Sailing), the national governing body for sailing, provides leadership, integrity, and growth for the sport in the United States. 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, including National Championships and the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider. For more information, please visit www.ussailing.org.

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Contact: Dana Paxton, danapaxton@ussailing.org, Tel: 401-683-0800 x615