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In this Issue
At the Helm - Dean Brenner
World Cup Preparation
Four Medals in France
Q&A with Olympian Sally Barkow
Five Questions for Szabo & Strube
April's Athletes of the Month
US SAILING Nominates 2011 Pan American Games Team
Supporters
Trials Tracker
Olympic Program Thanks Donors
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Road to London 2012
Trials Tracker

Follow the progress of U.S. athletes as they campaign for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team - Sailing. The European season is underway with the third World Cup event recently concluded and athletes now training in France for the next stop later this month. It is at these European events that the athletes' combined results will qualify them for a berth at the two Selection Events. 

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Olympic Program Thanks Donors

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May, 2011
At the Helm - Dean Brenner

We are getting closer by the day to the beginning of our Olympic Team Selection Process for the 2012 Olympic Games, and the intensity is definitely heating up. But the intensity and focus is different than anything we have seen before. The change was based on the decision of the Olympic Sailing Committee that we now wanted to choose our Olympians based on how they would fare internationally, rather than how they might fare in a much smaller event against only other Americans. The world of Olympic Sailing had changed and we needed to change with it.

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Coach Boat - May 2011
World Cup Preparation

Our sailors and coaches have been hard at work over the last month. With more training at the World Cup regatta in Hyeres, we spent a lot of hours on the water. Currently our sailors are going through all the steps of finalizing equipment choices and making sure that everything is ready before the Sail for Gold regatta in Weymouth in early June.

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Performance
Four Medals in France

At French Olympic Sailing Week, the fourth stop on the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Sailing World Cup 2010-2011 series, US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics won four medals: Zach Railey won silver in Finn; Sally Barkow, Alana O'Reilly and Elizabeth Kratzig Burnham won silver in Women's Match Racing; George Szabo and Mark Strube won bronze in Star; and Rick Doerr, Brad Kendell and Hugh Freund won bronze in Sonar.

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On the Campaign Trail
Q&A with Olympian Sally Barkow

Olympian Sally Barkow is having a great 2010-11 ISAF Sailing World Cup season, in the ultra-competitive "winner-takes-all" women's match racing event. With Alana O'Reilly and Elizabeth Kratzig-Burnham she started 2011 with a bronze medal at US SAILING's Rolex Miami OCR and then went on to win a gold medal at the Princess Sofia Trophy, in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, where the team defeated Finland's Silja Lehtinen, 3-1. The Medalist caught up with her after the win to get the details.

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Five Questions for Szabo & Strube

2009 Star World Champion George Szabo and crew Mark Strube won a Star bronze medal last month at French Olympic Sailing Week, after a brief hiatus from competing together, and claimed the #2 spot on the Trials Tracker. The road to Weymouth is lined with international racecourses, such as Miami, Fla., Palma de Mallorca, Spain and, most recently, Hyeres, France. Although the path has had its bumps and turns for Szabo and Strube, the duo is clearly focused on 2012. The Medalist caught up with both athletes to discuss lessons learned, what equipment they have selected, and what their game plan will be for the first of two selection events, Sail for Gold, in June.

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April's Athletes of the Month

Each month, US SAILING nominates athletes to the U.S. Olympic Committee's "Athlete of the Month" program. Nominations are based on performance/competition during the designated month. The April, 2011 nominations: Athlete of the Month - Team: Team Barkow and Athlete of the Month - Male: Zach Railey

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Pan American Games
US SAILING Nominates 2011 Pan American Games Team     

US SAILING's Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC) has nominated 16 American sailors to compete at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico from Oct. 14-30. The sailing competition of the 2011 Pan American Games will feature nine events, including four Olympic classes - Laser (Men), Laser Radial (Women) and RS:X (Men and Women) - and five non-Olympic, open classes - Hobie 16, J/24, Lightning, Snipe and Sunfish.

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