Portsmouth, R.I. – With 500 days remaining until the start of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, US Sailing, the national governing body for the sport, has named 42 Olympic and Paralympic class athletes to the 2015 US Sailing Team Sperry.
The US national sailing team is selected annually and is comprised of the top sailors competing in the events selected for Rio 2016. Olympic class athletes qualified for the team at the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Santander, Spain, and at ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, presented by Sunbrella, in January 2015.
Paralympic class athletes qualified in Miami as well. Through the US Sailing Team Sperry and its sponsors, athletes on the Olympic and Paralympic path receive financial, logistical, coaching, technical, fitness, marketing and communications support.
“As we enter the third year in the Rio 2016 Olympic quad, the focus of our team on performing in Rio continues to intensify, ” said Josh Adams, Managing Director of US Olympic Sailing. “The athletes named to the US Sailing Team Sperry have worked hard to earn a place in the program, and we will do everything we can to support their podium ambitions. We are fortunate to operate this team at a high level thanks to the unyielding support of Sperry, our title sponsor, Gold Sponsor Sunbrella, Silver partners Harken, McLube and Groupe Beneteau, team supplier Yale Cordage, sponsors Chubb Insurance and the Gowrie Group, and finally our immensely supportive Olympic Medalist donors.”
Fifteen athletes have also been named to the 2015 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 athletes who have been identified as Olympic prospects launch successful campaigns and compete at the Olympic level.
“Supporting sailors on the Olympic pathway is a major focus of our program,” said Adams. “Our talent pipeline continues to improve as sailors graduate out of high-performance youth classes, and we are excited to see improving depth in our Olympic classes.”
Sailors were selected for the USSDT by competing in the Olympic Class events at the 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, Presented by Sunbrella. Additional members of the USSDT will be named at the US Youth Sailing Championship (July 6-10, 2015), and will include the sailors who have qualified for US Sailing’s ISAF Youth World Championship Team.
US Sailing Team Sperry: 2015 Laser sailing athletes
(USSDT sailors denoted as 3rd-ranked boat in each Olympic class)
Laser (Men’s One-Person Dinghy):
Charlie Buckingham (Newport Beach, California)
Chris Barnard (Newport Beach, California)
USSDT: Erik Bowers (Excelsior, Minnesota)
Laser Radial (Women’s One-Person Dinghy):
Erika Reineke (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida)
Paige Railey (Clearwater, Florida)
USSDT: Haddon Hughes (Houston, Texas)