Graham Biehl

2008 U.S. Olympic Sailing Team Bio

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Walter Cooper/ Us Sailing

Class: 470 Men
Position: Crew
US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics: 2004-2008
Member of: San Diego YC
Education: Point Loma High School (graduated 2003)
Birthdate: Aug. 31, 1986
Birthplace: San Diego
Hometown: San Diego
Occupation: Full-time sailor

Significant sailing achievements: 2nd U.S. Olympic Trials for the 2004 Games; Ranked No. 2 on the U.S. Sailing Team - 470 Men (2004-2007)

Biography: Biehl's parents took him sailing before he could walk-and this San Diego sailor stayed true to his roots with an early start in the sport in Snipe and Sabot dinghies.

At age 17, Biehl sailed with Mikee Anderson-Mitterling in the Men's 470 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for the 2004 Olympic Games. The veteran team of Paul Foerster and Kevin Burnham won the Trials for the 2004 Games handily, winning 11 individual races, and they sailed on to Athens to capture a gold medal at the 2004 Olympic Regatta. Biehl and his skipper finished the Trials in second place.

In the ensuing quadrennium, Biehl started crewing for current skipper Stu McNay. Among the fleets racing the Trials on the U.S. West Coast, they were the first to claim an early victory and did not have to sail the last two races to trump their closest competitor, Anderson-Mitterling and crew David Hughes, who finished 1 point behind them in the final standings.

A strong competitor on the water, Biehl is also drawn to the other ways that sailing feeds his psyche: "I like the freedom and the fun of it, and the peace of being on the ocean."

Recent results:
2008 19th 470 World Championships/Melbourne, Australia
2007 8th Sydney International Regatta/Sydney, Australia, 10th ISAF Sailing World Championships/Cascais, Portugal