25 August 2015

Olympic Test Event 2015 videos, Haeger, Provancha Claim Gold in Rio

Olympic Test Event 2015: Haeger and Provancha Claim Gold in Rio (video above)

United States Sailing Association | Rio Olympic Test Event (Sailing): Haeger & Provancha (USA) Come From Behind to Take 470 Gold"US Sailing Team Sperry Women’s 470 athletes Annie Haeger (East Troy, Wisc.) and Briana Provancha (San Diego, Calif.) claimed gold at the Aquece Rio International Sailing Regatta (the second and final Olympic Test Event), coming from behind and winning the top spot during Saturday’s double-points medal race. The result stands as a significant career achievement for the American pair, and a clear indicator that should they win the US Olympic Trials, they will be firm medal contenders at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. In the Men’s 470 class, Stuart McNay (Providence, R.I.) and David Hughes (Miami, Fla.) finished 6th in the medal race and 7th overall after battling at the top of the fleet for much of the week."

Rio Olympic Test Event: Charlie Buckingham Takes On The Medal Race - sailing video above

Olympic Test Event: Paige Railey (USA) Fighting At The Top, Day 4 - published on Aug 18, 2015

Olympic Test Event: Josh Adams, Boat Park Preview, Day 3 - Published on Aug 17, 2015.

United States Sailing Association | Rio Olympic Test Event (Sailing): Heartbreak for Railey In Radial, Buckingham Ends Laser Charge In 7th: "..When you to commit to sailing at the Olympic level, adversity is unavoidable as you compete against the world’s best. On Day Seven of the 2015 Rio Olympic Test Event, the US Sailing Team Sperry experienced its fair share of challenges. Americans Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) and Charlie Buckingham (Newport Beach, Calif.) both entered the Women’s Laser Radial and Men’s Laser medal races with a chance to get on the podium, but finished the regatta in 4th and 7th places overall, respectively. The US national team will have further chances to medal in the Men’s and Women’s 470 classes during the final races of the event on Saturday, August 22..."

Sailing Through the Trash and Sewage of Guanabara Bay - The New Yorker: "... Danish sailor Allan Nørregaard had just edged into first place when his boat came to a dead stop; after the entire fleet passed by, Nørregaard peered over the side to discover a large plastic bag wrapped around his centerboard. “I have sailed around the world for twenty years and this is the most polluted place I’ve ever been,” Nørregaard told the AP, adding that some people went into the water and came up with red dots on their bodies. “I don’t know what’s in the water,” he said, “but it’s definitely not healthy.”..."

The US Sailing Team Sperry is managed by the United States Sailing Association (US Sailing), the national governing body for the sport of sailing and sailboat racing. The top boats in each Olympic and Paralympic class are selected annually to be members of the US Sailing Team Sperry. US Sailing helps these elite athletes with with financial, logistical, coaching, technical, fitness, marketing and communications support. The title sponsor of the team is Sperry; other sponsors include Gold-Level partner Sunbrella and Silver-Level partners Harken, Team McLube and Groupe Beneteau. Yale Cordage is a team supplier. The US Sailing Center Miami is an Olympic training site. Oakcliff Sailing and Clearwater Community Sailing Center are US Sailing Team Sperry Training Centers. Chubb Personal Insurance and the Gowrie Group sponsor US Sailing’s National Team Tour, a nationwide presentation program for US Sailing Team Sperry athletes. For more information, please visit www.ussailing.org/olympics

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