2007 U.S. Olympic Sailing Trials Coverage
Stuart Streuli reports from Newport, R.I., and Southern California as dozens of the country's top sailors chase their Olympic dreams. Includes racing reports, podcasts, and photos.
On this page are links to his audio reports, photos, and the daily press releases from US SAILING's crack PR team of Rich Roberts and Cynthia Goss.
Fifteen sailors have officially earned spots on the 2008 U.S. Olympic Sailing Team. Among them is the team of John Dane III, who sailed his first Olympic Trials in 1968, and his son-in-law Austin Sperry. They launched off the starting line in today's sole race in the Star class and never looked back. Elsewhere, Andrew Campbell won the Laser berth on a tiebreaker, while John Lovell and Charlie Ogletree completed a remarkable comeback, winning five of the last six races to take the Tornado berth by one point.
U.S. Olympic Trials Podcast: Men's 470 sailors Stu McNay and Graham Biehl are the lone team to clinch their Olympic slot with a day remaining. A few other classes, like the 49ers, are all but sewn up. However, the majority of the classes will go down to the final day with at least two teams still in contention.
U.S. Olympic Trials Podcast: Is there an upset brewing in the Tornado class? With four races remaining, three-time Olympians John Lovell and Charlie Ogletree find themselves in a must-win situation for the rest of the regatta. Anything less than a first will all but clinch the regatta for long-time Tornado sailor Robbie Daniel and crew Hunter Stunzi. And the Tornado class is just one of many that are heating up as the 2007 U.S. Olympic Trials head down the stretch run.
U.S. Olympic Trials Podcast: The leaders in the Men's and Women's 470 divisions strengthened their positinos on Day 6 with some consistent, if not spectacular racing. Meanwhile Mike Gehbardt and Ben Barger remaining deadlocked at the top of the Men's RS:X standings. In the Women's RS:X competition, Farrah Hall has the lead by two points over Nancy Rios, who won the day with a pair of firsts.
U.S. Olympic Trials Podcast: While all the other competitors in the 2007 U.S. Olympic Trials enjoyed a day off, the Finnsters were back out on the water for two 6-mile races. As he had the previous day, Zach Railey won all the day's races and, now that he discarded a 12th from Race 3, he has taken a commanding lead in the race for the U.S. Finn berth in the 2008 Olympics in Qingdao.
U.S. Olympic Trials Podcast: For Star sailors Andy Horton and Brad Nichol today was the day: make a move or watch their Olympic dreams get all but extinguished. So they turned on the afterburners and won two of the three races, placing third in the third and moving from sixth to third. They're still 12 points behind the duo of Mark Mendelblatt and Magnus Liljedahl, but at least they're within striking distance with 7 races remaining.
U.S. Olympic Trials Podcast: Laser Radial sailor Sarah Lihan provides her perspective of the brewing battle royale between Paige Raiely and Anna Tunnicliffe while Clay Johnson tells us that he's hoping for a bit more wind down the stretch in the Laser Trials.
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