Paige Railey, Laser Radial


CLASS: Laser Radial
US OLYMPIC TEAM: London 2012, Rio 2016
US PAN AMERICAN TEAM: Rio 2007 (Gold), Guadalajara 2011 (Bronze), Toronto 2015 (Gold)
US SAILING TEAM SPERRY: 2005-present
HOMETOWN: Clearwater, Fla.
MEMBER OF: St Francis Yacht Club
HIGH SCHOOL: Clearwater High School ’05
COLLEGE: University of South Florida St. Petersburg ’10
BIRTHDATE: 5/15/87
WEBSITE http://paigerailey.com/
FACEBOOK FAN SITE PaigeRailey
TWITTER: @PaigeSailor
INSTAGRAM: @paigeraileysailor

SIGNIFICANT SAILING ACHIEVEMENTS:

  • Two-Time U.S. Olympian
  • 2016 silver, Laser Radial Worlds
  • 2015 4th, Rio de Janeiro Olympic Test Event
  • 2015 gold, Toronto 2015 Pan American Games
  • 2013 bronze, Laser Radial Worlds
  • 2012, 8th, Laser Radial, 2012 Olympic Games, Weymouth & Portland, U.K.
  • 2011-12 US Sailing’s Olympic Athlete of the Year
  • 2011 bronze, Guadalajara 2011 Pan American Games
  • 2010 US SAILING’s SportsWoman of the Year
  • 2010 Florida Women’s Sailing Association Young Sailor the Year
  • 2009 St. Francis Yacht Club Yachtswoman of the Year
  • 2007 gold, Rio 2007 Pan American Games
  • 2006 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year
  • 2006 US SAILING’s Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year
  • 2006 gold, Laser Radial World Championship
  • More World Championship medals (5) than any athlete in the history of the Laser Radial class

ATHLETE BIO:

Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) dedicated herself to competitive sailing at an early age, inspired and encouraged by her older brother, Beijing 2008 Olympic silver medalist Zach Railey (Clearwater, Fla.). As a teenager, Railey won the 2006 Laser Radial World Championship, which propelled her to international recognition in the sport, and she garnered Rolex World Sailor of the Year and US Sailing Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year honors for her impressive results.

Railey narrowly missed Olympic selection to Beijing 2008 after a close battle with teammate Anna Tunnicliffe (Pittsburgh, Penn.), who went on to win gold in China. Railey bounced back to make the team for London 2012, and looked strong heading into the Games after a 3rd place finish at the 2011 World Championship. Railey finished 8th at the Olympic regatta held in Weymouth, UK, and immediately vowed to return stronger and faster for her third full-time campaign.

After earning the best combined scores during US Sailing’s two-regatta selection series for the Laser Radial (women’s one-person dinghy), Railey was named to the U.S. Olympic Sailing Team for the second time in March 2016. She followed this up with a 2nd place finish at the 2016 Worlds, the last before the Rio Games. Railey has five career World Championship medals, the most of any athlete in the history of the Laser Radial class.

“Growing up, I never dreamed I’d be a two-time Olympian,” said Railey shortly after returning to shore at the the Laser Radial European Championship in Las Palmas, Spain, which formed the second and final part of the Rio 2016 U.S. selection series in this class. “I remember finding out that Rio de Janeiro would host the 2016 Olympics while I was in Weymouth, England, training for London 2012. It immediately became a goal and a dream of mine to get to the 2016 Games, because Rio is one of my favorite cities in the world.” Railey said her love of the city was cemented during her Rio 2007 Pan American Games experience, where she won gold.

This milestone in Railey’s journey to Rio 2016 also represents another stage of a remarkable comeback story. Significant injuries sustained during a 2014 training accident nearly ended Railey’s competitive career, but after months of difficult physical rehabilitation, she has reverted to her world-class form. “Honestly after the accident, it’s been a full-on rush to get back into sailing shape,” said Railey, who won gold at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games, and took 4th at the 2015 Rio Olympic Test Event. “Selection events like this are really stressful for me. I started feeling it months ago. Earning a place on the team is a relief, but now that is in the past. I feel like a new chapter is beginning in my sailing career.”

For an athlete who has achieved almost everything in the Laser Radial except standing on the podium at an Olympic Games, the next mission is clear. “Obviously my goal is to medal,” said Railey. “We’re going to put all possible energy into winning in Rio de Janeiro. I truly feel like I can do it.”

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EXPANDED SAILING RESUME:

  • 2016 7th, Sailing World Cup Miami
  • 2015 4th, Rio Olympic Test Event
  • 2015 gold, Toronto 2015 Pan American Games
  • 2015 7th, Sailing World Cup Miami
  • 2014, gold, ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami
  • 2013 bronze, Laser Radial Worlds
  • 1st, Laser Radial, 2014 North American Championship
  • 1st, Laser Radial, 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami
  • 3rd, Laser Radial, 2013 Laser Radial World Championship, Rizhao, CHN
  • 2nd, Laser Radial, 2013 Kiel Week, Kiel, GER
  • 1st, Laser Radial, 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami
  • 8th, Laser Radial, 2012 Olympic Games, Weymouth & Portland, U.K.
  • 3rd, Laser Radial, 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships, Perth, AUS
  • 3rd, Laser Radial, 2011 Pan American Games
  • 3rd, Laser Radial, 2011 Weymouth & Portland International Regatta, Weymouth, UK (London 2012 Olympic Test Event)
  • 3rd, Laser Radial, 2010-2011 ISAF Sailing World Cup
  • 1st, Laser Radial, 2011 Kiel Week, Kiel, Germany (ISAF Sailing World Cup)
  • 4th, Laser Radial, 2011 Princess Sofia Trophy, Palma, Spain (ISAF Sailing World Cup)
  • 1st, Laser Radial, 2011 Laser Radial Women’s North Americans, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
  • 1st, Laser Radial, 2011 Rolex Miami OCR, Miami, Fla. (ISAF Sailing World Cup)
  • 1st, Laser Radial, 2010 Kiel Week Regatta, Kiel, Germany (ISAF Sailing World Cup)
  • 1st, Laser Radial, 2010 US SAILING’s Rolex Miami OCR, Miami, Fla. (ISAF Sailing World Cup)
  • 3rd, 2010 Laser Radial Worlds, Largs, Scotland
  • 2nd, Laser Radial, 2009 Sail Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia (ISAF Sailing World Cup)
  • 1st, Laser Radial, 2009 Laser Radial Women’s European Championship, Charlottenlund, Denmark
  • 1st, Laser Radial, 2009 Kiel Week Regatta, Kiel, Germany (ISAF Sailing World Cup)
  • 5th, Laser Radial, 2009 Delta Lloyd Regatta, Medemblik, the Netherlands (ISAF Sailing World Cup)
  • 1st, Laser Radial, 2009 Princesa Sofia, Palma de Majorca, Spain (ISAF Sailing World Cup)
  • 2nd, Laser Radial, 2009 US SAILING’s Rolex Miami OCR, Miami, Fla. (ISAF Sailing World Cup)
  • 1st, Laser Radial, 2008 US SAILING’s Rolex Miami OCR, Miami, Fla.
  • 1st, Laser Radial, 2007 Pan American Games, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 

 

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