Amanda Clark & Sarah Lihan-Meet the Team
Who has been the most influential person in your sailing career and why?
Amanda Clark: My Father, Dennis, because he loves to sail.
Sarah Lihan: My parents, first and foremost, have been both my greatest cheerleaders and harshest critics, both of which are vital to any campaign. They’ve buoyed me up when I was down, but will never shy from expressing their opinions on my campaign decisions. Anna Tunnicliffe, as well, has been a huge influence on defining what campaigning really means, and what a solid program should look like. Also my college coach, Zack Leonard, is always there to screw my head back on and has deftly fielded even the most absurd of questions. In recent years, US Sailing has really stepped up their involvement in personal campaigns, which has also been quite helpful. At the end of the day, though, it is my competitors and friends that that help and motivate me to keep pushing, pushing, pushing, because if I’m not, they are, and they’ll gain the edge.
For most Olympic Team members, the dream of standing on a podium watching the American flag raise to the highest point begins in childhood. For Clark, who became the youngest member of the national team at the age of 15 in 1994, that dream was fueled by a passion for competition. Clark is a 2008 Olympian, while this will be the first Games for Lihan.
The pair had an impressive performance at Sail For Gold, with a silver medal in the Women’s 470.
Images/text: US Sailing Team