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US SAILING Announces Athlete Selection Procedures for 2010 Youth Olympic Games

US SAILING Announces Athlete Selection Procedures for 2010 Youth Olympic Games

Sailors who wish to represent the United States at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore from August 14 to 26, 2010, must meet the requirements set by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), International Sailing Federation (ISAF), United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and US SAILING. ISAF will award each country two possible entry slots among the four events: boys and girls singlehanded dinghy, and boys and girls windsurfing. All spots are contingent upon the country qualifying at an ISAF designated event.  

US SAILING’s Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC) has determined they will send one male and one female windsurfer to compete at the Youth Olympic Games. These two athletes will be selected based on their results at the Calema Midwinter Windsurfing Festival, which will be held March 4-7, 2010 in Merritt Island, Florida. This regatta has also been designated as the ISAF Regional Qualifier for country qualification.

The top American male and female finisher at Calema Midwinter Windsurfing Festival, who meets all other selection criteria, will be nominated to the USOC to represent the U.S. at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games.

If the U.S. does not qualify – by finishing in the top seven countries – athletes must then compete in the Windsurfing World Championship/Open Qualification Event to qualify a country spot. The dates and locations will be posted on ISAF's web site.  

The events and classes that have been chosen for the Games are:

  • Windsurfing boys(one athlete): Techno 293
  • Windsurfing girls (one athlete): Techno 293

The OSC will only nominate athletes to USOC in these two events. If the windsurfing athletes do not qualify, the OSC will not send sailors in the singlehanded dinghy events.

“The OSC is working closely with a US Sailing Windsurfing Task Force to jumpstart our development of Olympic caliber athletes,” said OSC Chairman Dean Brenner (Wallingford, Conn.). “We have decided that this is a great opportunity to create international opportunities for the next generation of windsurfing talent.”

Per ISAF and the IOC, the sailing event is open and in order to be eligible to compete in the qualifying regatta, the athlete must have been born between January 1, 1994, and December 31, 1995. Athletes must be a citizen of the United States at the time of the qualifying event and hold a valid U.S. passport.

Please click here to read the complete Athlete Selection Procedures.*

* These Athlete Selection Procedures are pending final approval by the USOC Board of Directors.