The Medalist U.S. Olympic Sailing News - September 2017

The Medalist newsletter is your source for updates on the US Olympic Sailing Program and the US Sailing Team. This is our path to the podium.


  • Three Medals for US Sailing Team at Aarhus Sailing Week
  • Five Athletes Added to US Sailing Team Roster
  • Bora Gulari Injured In Training Accident Prior to Nacra 17 Worlds
  • Video: Malcolm Page Update
  • Sights from the Campaign Trail
  • Upcoming Events
Aarhus: Peak Event of 2017

Three Medals for US Sailing Team at Aarhus Sailing Week

The US Sailing Team secured medals in three classes at this week’s Aarhus Sailing Week 2017 in Denmark, the test event for the 2018 Sailing World Championships. Aarhus 2018 will be a multi-class Worlds, and the premier Olympic-class sailing event held prior to the Games in Tokyo 2020. As the test event, Aarhus Sailing Week 2017 was important for American athletes who came to Denmark hoping to learn more about the 2018 Worlds venue, hone key skills, earn roster spots on the US Sailing Team, and qualify for 2018 athlete support funding.

“We’re excited to be a part of this whole journey to Tokyo. We’ve been focused on boat handling and getting up to speed while sailing with our American training partners. It’s been a very focused spring and summer for us, and we’re just exited to be in regatta season now.” - Steph Roble, 49erFX (bronze)
“I’m really looking forward to this [Olympic quadrennium] because I won’t be in college, and so I can put all of my efforts towards training and racing against some of the top girls.” -Erika Reineke, Laser Radial (silver)
“We're trying to put our finger on where we can make our next big strides.” - Dave Hughes, Men's 470 (silver)
New names, big plans

Five Athletes Added to US Sailing Team Roster

Following strong performances on the international racing circuit this summer, five athletes have been added to the 2017 US Sailing Team roster. Steph Roble (East Troy, Wisc.) and Maggie Shea (Wilmette, Ill.) have been added in the women’s 49erFX, Chris Rast (Holland, Mich.) and Trevor Burd (Marblehead, Mass.) have been named in the men’s 49er, and Haddon Hughes (Houston, Texas) has joined the team in the women’s Laser Radial class.

The five Americans join the 18 athletes already named to the team in March, and were added at the discretion of two-time gold medalist Malcolm Page (Newport, R.I.), Chief of U.S. Olympic Sailing.

“We need to really elevate the level of 49er sailing that we have in the U.S. and get it to a decent level where we can feed off each other and progress onto the podium.” - Chris Rast, Three-Time Olympian, 49er
Down But not out

Bora Gulari Injured In Training Accident Prior to Nacra 17 Worlds

US Sailing Team Nacra 17 athlete and Rio 2016 U.S. Olympian Bora Gulari (Detroit, Mich.) suffered an injury during a training incident on August 30th, as he and teammate Helena Scutt (Kirkland, Wash.) were preparing for the upcoming Nacra 17 World Championship (September 5-10, 2017) in La Grande Motte, France.

at the helm
“With 2017 being the first year of the ‘quad,’ going to Japan will be a great opportunity for our athletes to learn about the venue, learn about Japanese culture and get a feel for the waters there.” - Malcolm Page, Chief of U.S. Olympic Sailing
on the road

Sights from the Campaign Trail

US Sailing Team Social Media Roundup
What to Watch For

The Medalist

Team Media Guide

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Most photography in this issue of The Medalist is copyright US Sailing. Contributing photographers in this issue: Will Ricketson, Keith Brash (Quantum) and Jesus Renedo (Sailing Energy/ World Sailing).

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