“The U.S. Olympic Sailing Team is ready to race," said Josh Adams (Litchfield, Conn.), Managing Director of U.S. Olympic Sailing. "This is an amazing group of American athletes, all fifteen of them. We have athletes who are at the beginning of their Olympic sailing careers, with three twenty-year-olds on the team, and then we have a group of veterans who are back with unfinished business."
The U.S. Sailing Team established a training base in Rio de Janeiro in early 2013, and American sailors have been training on both the enclosed Guanabara Bay and open-ocean racing areas almost continuously during the Rio 2016 quadrennium. "The team has really embraced Rio, and they feel at home here," said Adams. "When this team goes out and begins racing at the Olympic Games tomorrow, the one thing you can count on is that U.S. sailors will feel comfortable on the racecourse.”
Video: Josh Adams, Team Leader for U.S Olympic Sailing on the state of the team heading into Day 1.
In terms of performance goals, Adams expressed confidence in his team. "We are of course aiming for peak performances from all of our athletes, and in three classes we have shown consistent results at the top of the international fleet. In the Men's 470, Women's 470 and Laser Radial we look especially strong, and ready to take care of business here in Rio."
Laser Radial athlete Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) is no stranger to high expectations, and arrives for her second Olympic Games with an impressive list of results over the past four years. The five-time Laser Radial World Championship medalist and 2006 World Sailor of the Year missed capturing a second career world title by a single point in April of 2016, and looks to be in peak form entering Rio 2016. "In my mind, pressure is what you make of it," said Railey. "Going into this event, I’ve accepted that this is the Olympic Games, and it only comes around once every four years. It's me who is going to allow it to affect me or to motivate me. Going into these Games after getting second at the Worlds this year, it's reality, so I face it and I take it on."