U.S. Olympic Committee Announces 2012 Team
Today, the U.S. Olympic Committee announced the 530 members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team. Among the athletes will be 16 American sailors competing in 10 Olympic events, comprised of nine men and seven women. Seven of the athletes are returning Olympians, including 2008 Olympic gold medalist Anna Tunnicliffe and 2008 Olympic silver medalist Zach Railey. Railey was chosen by his teammates to serve as Team Captain.
U.S. Olympic Committee Announces 2012 Olympic Team
2012 U.S. Olympic Sailing Team:
Event – Athlete (Hometown)
49er (Men’s Two Person Dinghy High Performance) – Erik Storck (Huntington, N.Y.) and Trevor Moore (North Pomfret, Vt./Naples, Fla.)
470 (Men’s Two Person Dinghy) – 2008 Olympians Stu McNay (Boston, Mass.) and Graham Biehl (San Diego, Calif.)
470 (Women’s Two Person Dinghy) – 2008 Olympian Amanda Clark (Shelter Island, N.Y.), and Sarah Lihan (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Elliott 6m (women’s match racing) – 2008 Olympic gold medalist Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.); Molly Vandemoer (Stanford, Calif.); and 2008 Olympian Debbie Capozzi (Bayport, N.Y.)
Finn (Men’s One Person Dinghy Heavy) – 2008 Olympic silver medalist Zach Railey (Clearwater, Fla.)
Laser (Men’s One Person Dinghy) – Rob Crane (Darien, Conn.)
Laser Radial (Women’s One Person Dinghy) – Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.)
RS:X (Men’s Windsurfer) – Bob Willis (Chicago, Ill.)
RS:X (Women’s Windsurfer) – Farrah Hall (Annapolis, Md.)
Star (Men’s Keelboat) – 2004 Olympian Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Fatih (both Miami, Fla.)
The 2012 Olympic Games will be held July 29 – August 12, with the Olympic Sailing Regatta hosted in Weymouth and Portland, U.K., approximately 120 miles south of London.
The 2012 Olympic Team is comprised of 269 women and 261 men, marking the first time in history that Team USA features more female athletes. The Olympic Team features 228 returning Olympians, including seven five-time Olympians, 21 four-time Olympians, 57 three-time Olympians and 143 two-time Olympians. Among the returnees are 124 Olympic medalists, 76 of whom are Olympic champions. Forty-four states are represented, including 128 athletes hailing from California, 35 from both New York and Pennsylvania and 33 from Texas. The oldest and youngest Olympians on the 2012 Olympic Team - equestrian athlete Karen O'Connor, 54, and swimmer Katie Ledecky, 15 - are separated by 39 years, while the average age is 27. Team USA features two sets of twins in tennis players Bob and Mike Bryan and rowers Grant and Ross James. Other team siblings include swimmers Alyssa and Haley Anderson, taekwondo athletes Diana and Steven Lopez, sailors Paige and Zach Railey, field hockey players Julia and Katie Reinprecht, water polo players Jessica and Maggie Steffans and tennis players Serena and Venus Williams.
To congratulate and wish the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team good luck, the USOC is engaging in the tradition of sending-off Team USA, but this year's farewell will be formatted as a Digital Send-off, featuring live athlete chats on Facebook, live athlete Q&A sessions on Twitter, and editorial content posted to TeamUSA.org. The Team USA Digital Send-off will take place Wednesday, July 11, from noon-5 p.m. ET. To find out which athletes will be participating, click here. Click here for a London 2012 U.S. Olympic Team fact sheet and to view the London 2012 U.S. Olypic team roster by sport and state.