John C. Lovell III

2008 U.S. Olympic Sailing Team Bio


Walter Cooper/ Us Sailing

Class: Tornado
Position: Skipper
US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics: 1993-2008
Member of: Southern YC, Houston YC
Education: Isadore Newman High School, College of Charleston (graduated 1990)
Birthdate Oct. 11, 1967
Birthplace: Baton Rouge, La.
Hometown: New Orleans
Occupation: Certified Public Accountant

Significant sailing achievements: Four-time InterCollegiate Sailing Association All-American, 2004 U.S. Olympic Sailing Team Captain, Silver Medal, 2004 Olympic Games (Tornado)

Biography: Veteran campaigner Lovell returns for his fourth consecutive Olympic Regatta with one silver medal from 2004 already in his pocket. But Lovell knows that every campaign is different: the venues, the breeze, and the competitors he and longtime crew Charlie Ogletree face are never constant.


This duo came into the U.S. Olympic Team Trials as a clear favorite in the Tornado class. But the Trials escalated into a tough battle with the team of Robbie Daniel and Hunter Stunzi, and Lovell and Ogletree had to win all four races to capture a berth on the U.S. team.

That is exactly what they did, proving that this pair of Olympic veterans has the finesse and focus to perform well when the pressure is on.

Lovell and Ogletree-who were born on the same day, only an hour apart-celebrated their 40th birthdays during the U.S. Trials. They started sailing Tornados together in 1993 and competed at the 1996 Olympic Games in Savannah (8th), the 2000 Games in Sydney (7th), and the 2004 Games in Athens (silver medal). Do the campaigns get easier with time? “It gets easier from a mental perspective,” says Lovell, “and much harder physically.”


Recent results:
2007 10th US SAILING’s Miami Rolex OCR/Miami, 10th ISAF Sailing World Championship/Cascais, Portugal