US Sailing announce Olympic selection schedule

Combined performance in two regattas replaces sudden death system

Wednesday July 7th 2010, Author: Marni Lane, Location: United States

US Sailing’s Olympic Sailing Committee has finalised the selection procedures for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team competing in the 10 events selected for the 2012 Olympic Regatta, to take place over 27 July-12 August 2012 in Weymouth.

Athletes will have the opportunity to qualify based on their combined performance at two international events: Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, in Weymouth/Portland, England, over 5-11 June, 2011, and the ISAF Sailing World Championship, in Perth, Australia, over  3-18 December, 2011. The exception is the Women’s Match Racing event, which will have two separate qualifying regattas, available to U.S. athletes only: one in Miami, Florida in October, 2011, and another in Weymouth, England in spring 2012 (dates to be announced).

“The Olympic Sailing Program’s primary mission is to field a team of athletes most capable of achieving success at the Olympic Games, and we believe this new system gives us the greatest chance of achieving that mission in 2012,” said Dean Brenner (Wallingford, Conn.), the Chairman of the OSC, which consists of volunteers, staff and Olympic and Paralympic class athletes. “The world of Olympic class competition has evolved dramatically in the last ten years, and our selection system needed to evolve as well.”

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