Chris Rast
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  • Hometown:
    Holland, Mich.
  • Birthdate:
    May 21, 1972
  • School:
    University of Biel/Engineering (Graduated 1997); MBA at US San Diego, Rady School of Management, class of 2010
  • Member of:
    Macatawa Bay Yacht Yacht, Thunersee Yacht Club

Athlete Bio:

Chris Rast (Holland, Mich.) and Trevor Burd (Marblehead, Mass.) came close to a medal at the 2017 Aarhus Worlds Test Event, finishing 4th overall in the men’s 49er. Rast is a true veteran of high-performance sailing, having competed at three Olympics (Atlanta 1996, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008) in two classes, and coached at another (Sydney 2000). Rast was last on the US Sailing Team roster in 2008 after finishing 6th at the Beijing 2008 Games with partner Tim Wadlow (Beverly, Mass.). Burd has regularly competed in the 49er since 2012, and has been a member of the team for most of the past five years. With previous teammate Brad Funk (Clearwater, Fla.), Burd finished third in the Rio 2016 U.S. Olympic Sailing Team Selection Series. Rast, who welcomed a newborn daughter with his wife Danielle in early August, said that after a healthy break, he’s excited to be back on the Olympic scene.

“From a fleet dynamic, I think a lot of the moves are the same [as during my 2008 campaign], and it hasn’t really changed that much,” said Rast, who said a team-centric approach will be key to the overall competitiveness of the U.S. in the men’s Olympic skiff. “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.”