FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 20, 2015
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – The stage has been set at the 2015 Rio Olympic Test Event, and US Sailing Team Sperry athletes will begin competing in medal races tomorrow (Friday, August 21). American sailors Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) and Charlie Buckingham (Newport Beach, Calif.) are both in position to challenge for a medal in the Laser Radial and Laser classes, respectively. Additional medal races for the Men’s 470, Women’s 470 and Finn will take place on Saturday.
The Laser Radial class is poised to see a thrilling medal race tomorrow in the shadow of Rio’s iconic Sugarloaf Mountain, and London 2012 Olympian Paige Railey is facing a high-stakes battle for the podium. Entering the medal race, Railey sits in third place overall, three points from the leader Gintare Scheidt of Lithuania and one point behind Belgian Olympic bronze medalist Evi van Acker. “I’m very exited to be in this position,” said Railey. “Tomorrow it’s going to be ‘who beats who’ for the medals. However, the Finnish boat in fourth place is nipping at our heels.” One of the challenging parts of competing in a double-points medal race, said Railey, is keeping track of the points situation as it evolves. “[Coach Mark Littlejohn] and I have multiple plans for different scenarios. The goal first of all is to medal. The secondary goal is to win gold.” Railey will rely on her extensive experience at this venue, which stretches back to her gold-medal-winning performance at the 2007 Pan American Games, to go for the podium on Friday. “I love the medal race course here, but the level of tactical difficulty depends mostly on how much wind we get. If we get more wind, it’s all about boat speed. Light air would be much more tactical.”
Pictured: Charlie Buckingham (Newport Beach, Calif.), Men’s Laser.
After a slow start to his week, Charlie Buckingham (Newport Beach, Calif.) has made an impressive charge up the standings in the Men’s Laser class over the past six days. The North American Champion and two-time College Sailor of the Year heads into the medal race in 6th overall and only eight points away from 3rd. “In the beginning of the week I made a couple of big errors, but I got more conservative, and started letting the other guys around me make the mistakes after that,” said Buckingham, who jumped from 9th overall to 6th today. “I have a chance for a medal tomorrow, and I’m going to go for it. All if this is valuable experience leading up to the actual thing a year from now. I’m fortunate for the opportunity, and can’t wait.”
Pictured: Annie Haeger (East Troy, Wisc.) and Briana Provancha (San Diego, Calif.), Women’s 470.
2015 Olympic Test Event, USA Results:
Women’s 470 (Women’s Two-Person Dinghy):
- 2nd overall, Annie Haeger (East Troy, Wisc.) and Briana Provancha (San Diego, Calif.)
Laser Radial (Women’s One-Person Dinghy):
- 3rd overall, Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.)
Men’s 470 (Men’s Two-Person Dinghy):
- 6th overall, Stuart McNay (Providence, R.I.) and David Hughes (Miami, Fla.)
Laser (Men’s One-Person Dinghy):
- 6th overall, Charlie Buckingham (Newport Beach, Calif.)
Finn (Men’s One-Person Heavyweight Dinghy):
- 15th overall, Caleb Paine (San Diego, Calif.)
Nacra 17 (Mixed Two-Person Multihull): Final
- 16th overall, Sarah Newberry (Miami, Fla.) and Matthew Whitehead (Panama City, Fla.)
49erFX (Women’s Two-Person High Performance Skiff): Final
- 16th overall, Paris Henken (Coronado, Calif.) and Helena Scutt (Kirkland, Wash.)
49er (Men’s Two-Person High Performance Skiff): Final
- 18th overall, Brad Funk (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and Trevor Burd (Marblehead, Mass.)
Women’s RS:X (Women’s Board): Final
- 19th overall, Farrah Hall (Annapolis, Md.)
Men’s RS:X (Men’s Board): Final
- 24th overall, Carson Crain (Houston, Texas)
Rio Olympic Test Event Reports
- Day 5: USA Women’s 470 Leads, Americans Excel In Men’s 470, Laser, Radial
- Day 4: Railey (USA) Records Another Keeper, Buckingham, Into Top 10
- Day 3: USA Takes Lead in Men’s 470, Maintains in Women’s 470, Radial
- Day 2: USA 2nd Overall In Three Classes
- Day 1: USA Starts Strong In Laser, Radial
- Preview & Roster
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