The Medalist August - 2019

The Medalist Newsletter is your source for updates on the US Sailing Team, the U.S. Olympic Sailing Program, and the Olympic Development Program. This is our path to the podium.

In This Issue:

  • US Sailing Team Wraps Summer in Japan
  • A Chat with Our Champions, Presented by Kilroy Realty
  • Team USA Brings Home Seven Medals from Lima 2019
  • What it Means to Wear the Stars and Stripes, Representing Team USA Across the Decades
  • Straight from the Source, This Month's Update on the US Sailing Team

US Sailing Team Wraps Summer in Japan

On Sunday, September 1, the Hempel World Cup Series Enoshima concluded, marking the end of the US Sailing Team’s long summer in Japan. At the World Cup, five US Sailing Team athletes finished the regatta in the top-ten. Andrew Mollerus (Larchmont, N.Y.) and Ian MacDiarmid (Delray Beach, Fla.) had a few shining moments in the 49er fleet, finishing several races in the top-five. The pair finished in eighth overall. Luke Muller (Fort Pierce, Fla.) of the Finn class finished in 10th, as did U.S. Women’s 470 sailors Atlantic and Nora Brugman (Winthrop, Mass.).

US Sailing Team in Japan, Left to right: Paige Railey (Radial), Andrew Mollerus & Ian MacDiarmid (49er), Atlantic & Nora Brugman (W's 470), Stu McNay & Dave Hughes (M's 470), Farrah Hall (W's RS:X), Riley Gibbs & Anna Weis (Nacra 17), Luke Muller (Finn), Caleb Paine (Finn)

The Ready Steady Tokyo – Sailing Olympic Test Event came just before the World Cup and on the heels of the Pan American Games. Five athletes on the US Sailing Team finished in the top-ten. Despite missing out on a medal race due to light conditions, Stu McNay (Providence, R.I.) and Dave Hughes (Miami, Fla.) finished in fourth place among the Men’s 470 athletes and Erika Reineke (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) finished eighth in the Women’s Laser Radial fleet. Also ranked in the top-ten, McNay, Hughes, and Reineke are joined by Stephanie Roble (East Troy, Wisc.) and Maggie Shea (Wilmette, Ill.) who finished eighth in the 49erFX medal race and 10th overall.

A Chat with Our Champions, Presented by Kilroy Realty

The Nacra17 isn’t your father’s sailboat. Since the 2016 Rio Olympics, the high-performance, hydrofoiling multihull has tested the wills of a new generation of young sailors, eager for a shot at Tokyo’s gold in 2020. For Kilroy’s US Sailing Team effort, it’s all about building a winning combination: a diversity of talents, from a dichotomy of places. Enter the bicoastal champions, US Sailing Team athletes: Sarah Newberry and David Liebenberg.

In July, the pair took part in the annual Kilroy Leadership Summit. Focused on team building, wellness and career development, the event brings together future leaders identified by Kilroy in a variety of disciplines. This year, the focus was on young champions, with the Nacra17 team invited to share their stories of working in competitive spaces and how those lessons can improve Kilroy’s best practices.

No one is born a champion. Athletes train their entire lives to achieve greatness. In spite of setbacks, failure, and defeat, the US Sailing Team athletes are committed to doing whatever it takes to stand atop the podium. Join the US Sailing Team and Kilroy Realty in this four-part video series to follow our athletes' journeys to becoming champions.

Team USA Brings Home Seven Medals from Pan American Games Lima 2019

The Pan American Games sailing events offer the unique opportunity for the worlds of non-Olympic and Olympic classes to collide. Team USA was fortunate enough to have representatives across all eleven fleets and to bring home a total of seven medals. Standout performances include that of US Sailing Team athletes, Riley Gibbs and Anna Weis, who won the Gold Medal in the Nacra 17 fleet, and Ernesto Rodriguez and Hallie Schiffman, who did the same in the Snipe fleet.

Lima 2019 Team USA Sailing Medalists

  • Gold – Riley Gibbs (Long Beach, Calif.) and Anna Weis (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Nacra 17
  • Gold – Ernesto Rodriguez (Miami, Fla.) and Hallie Schiffman (Sarasota, Fla.), Snipe
  • Silver – Stephanie Roble (East Troy, Wisc.) and Maggie Shea (Wilmette, Ill.), 49erFX
  • Silver – Charlotte Rose (Houston, Texas), Laser Radial
  • Silver – Pedro Pascual (West Palm Beach, Fla.), Men’s RS:X
  • Bronze – Charlie Buckingham (Newport Beach, Calif.), Laser
  • Bronze – Will Cyr (Bayview, Mich.), Formula Kite

Four Team USA representatives also qualified the country for representation at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. There are fewer berths available at the Olympic Games than there are countries competing in the Olympic classes. Therefore, before athletes can be selected to the 2020 U.S. Olympic Sailing Team, the USA must first earn country qualification in that class. Thanks to their results at the Lima 2019 Games, Riley Gibbs and Anna Weis qualified the country for a berth in the Nacra 17 fleet and Stephanie Roble and Maggie Shea achieved the same in the 49erFX fleet.

What it Means to Wear the Stars and Stripes, Representing Team USA Across the Decades

Left: Jody Starck (Team USA Pan American Games Lightning Representative) Right: Cory Sertl (President of US Sailing)

Recently, at the Pan American Games, US Sailing’s President, Cory Sertl (Rochester, N.Y.), joined Team USA at the sailing venue in Paracas, Peru. Cory is a decorated sailor in her own right and has even collected a few medals with one of our 2019 U.S. Pan Am Games Team athletes, Jody Starck (Buffalo, N.Y.). Jody and Cory are both winners of US Sailing’s Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year Award, the highest honor given to sailors in the United States, multiple times over. They have a long history sailing as a team and against one another. During the event, we took a few moments away from racing to catch up with Cory and Jody and hear about their history and experiences at the Lima 2019 Games.

When you're wearing the Team USA uniform, you're really representing all of the USA and our sailing community. You stand for what’s really special about coming from the United States, which is striving for excellence in whatever we do. - Cory Sertl, President of US Sailing

Straight from the Source: This Month's Update on the US Sailing Team

Get a closer look at the US Sailing Team’s experiences this month with US Sailing’s Chief of Olympics, Malcolm Page. In this episode of Sail Sport Talk, Malcolm catches up with Karen Lile and Rick Tittle to fill them in on the Team’s recent accomplishments. To listen to Malcolm’s interview, tune in at 7:20.

(Pictured: Malcolm Page with Pan Am Games 49erFX Silver Medalists Stephanie Roble and Maggie Shea)

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