>What a great day yesterday for Team USA. We really strong results all over the place yesterday, as Laser, 470 women, RS:X men and 49er got started, and Stars and match racing continued.
Highlights of our day included Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Fatih’s second straight strong day in the Star, and they sit in 2nd place. Amanda Clark and Sarah Lihan came out of the gates flying in the 470, and posted a 12-3, putting them in 5th place overall. Recent college grad Charlie Buckingham already has his sights set on 2016 (he’s essentially out of contention for 2012 selection after June’s Sail for Gold event), and has been training extremely hard. The work showed yesterday as he posted a 4-5 in the Laser, followed closely by Clay Johnson’s 8-5. Perhaps the highlight of the USA’s day was Bob Willis in the RS:X, who posted a 7-9. Bob has been working extremely hard and it is starting to show on the race course.
The full update from yesterday can be found in Dana Paxton’s daily report.
We also formally announced the first five members of the 2012 US Olympic Sailing Team. Zach Railey, Paige Railey, Stu McNay, Graham Biehl, and Farrah Hall all earned the right to represent the USA next year, although in the women’s RS:X we have one more hurdle we did not get over here: country qualification. The next (and last) chance to qualify the country for the Games will be at the 2012 RS:X Worlds, in March in Cadiz, Spain. Congratulations to all these athletes. It is the honor of a lifetime to represent your country at the Games, and a lot of us will be living vicariously through their experiences over the next 8 months.
Here is the formal announcement.
We hope you’ll keep following along with the team on Facebook, and at olympics.ussailing.org.
That’s it for today. We have another big day ahead of us. Thanks for following along.