FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BRISTOL, R.I. (February 27, 2019) – US Sailing has created the US Sailing Team Squad in an effort to support potential US Sailing Team (USST) athletes. By identifying athletes as Squad members, US Sailing will more formally recognize individuals striving for a place on the Olympic podium and competing at the highest levels of the sport.
Sailors who have been named to the Squad will work alongside the USST athletes and will have opportunities to represent the USST brand. They will also receive USST support for coaching, fitness, fundraising, and logistics.
The creation of the Squad ensures that deserving athletes are captured and supported along their journey to the Olympic podium. The Squad is designed to create a collaborative effort to raise overall U.S. performance, which in turn meets the athletes’ objectives of standing atop the Olympic podium.
Chief of US Olympic Sailing, Malcolm Page said, “The Squad members have not yet got the results to be named to the current 2019 US Sailing Team, but these talented athletes need to be recognized for where they are on the pathway to Olympic podium. As an organization, we need to ensure a united push from the U.S. to maximize 2020 and 2024 medal winning potential.”
In order to be eligible for the Squad, sailors must have a multi-quad commitment to an Olympic campaign. They must also demonstrate the requisite talent and effort to become a medal winner.
The following athletes have been named to the 2019 US Sailing Team Squad, pending official athlete agreement.
- Ravi Parent (Sarasota, Fla.) and Caroline Atwood (Killingworth, CT), Nacra 17
- Riley Gibbs (Long Beach, Calif.) and Anna Weis (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Nacra 17
- Chris Barnard (Newport Beach, Calif.), Laser
- Ian Barrows (Miami, Fla.) and Mitchell Kiss (Holland, Mich.), 49er
- Judge Ryan (San Diego, Calif.) and Hans Henken (Coronado, Calif.) 49er
- Harry Melges IV (Lake Geneva, Wisc.) and Finn Rowe (Lake Forest, Ill.), 49er
- Andrew Mollerus (Larchmont, N.Y.) and Ian MacDiarmid (Delray Beach, Fla.), 49er
- Paris Henken (Coronado, Calif.) and Anna Tobias (Pittsburgh, Penn.), 49er FX
- Nikole Barnes (Miami, Fla.) and Lara Dallman Weiss (Shoreview, Minn.), Women’s 470
- Carmen Cowles (Larchmont, N.Y.) and Emma Cowles (Larchmont, N.Y.), Women’s 470
- Lucas Calabrese (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and Jack Parkin (Riverside, Conn.), Men’s 470
About the US Sailing Team
The US Sailing Team is managed by the United States Sailing Association (US Sailing), the national governing body for the sport of sailing and sailboat racing. US Sailing names the top Olympic class athletes to the team annually, through both event qualification and at the discretion of team leadership. US Sailing helps these elite athletes with financial, logistical, coaching, technical, fitness, marketing, and communications support. US Sailing Team sponsors include partners Helly Hansen, Harken, McLube, Groupe Beneteau, and Marlow Ropes. For more information, please visit www.ussailing.org/olympics.
About US Sailing
The United States Sailing Association (US Sailing), the national governing body for sailing, provides leadership, integrity, and advancement for the sport in the United States. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Bristol, Rhode Island, US Sailing is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. US Sailing offers training and education programs for instructors and race officials, supports a wide range of sailing organizations and communities, issues offshore rating certificates, and provides administration and oversight of competitive sailing across the country, including National Championships and the US Sailing Team. For more information, please visit www.ussailing.org.