PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (January 16, 2002) The Olympic Sailing Committee of US SAILING, national governing body for the sport, has recognized four athletes as the sports U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) Athletes of the Year.
Recipients of the honor in the Team category are 49er World Champions Jonathan McKee and Charlie McKee from Seattle, Wash. 2.4 Metre sailor Tom Brown, Northeast Harbor, Maine, and Laser Radial sailor Paige Railey, Clearwater, Fla. are Male and Female Athlete of the Year, respectively.
Bestowed annually, the USOC Athlete of the Year awards are based on outstanding performances in competition.
As US SAILINGs USOC Athletes of the Year, these sailors will be considered for the overall USOC Team of the Year, Male Athlete of the Year and Female Athlete of the Year Awards. Slated for announcement on January 23, 2002, the USOC award winners will be selected from the Athletes of the Year recognized by each Olympic sports national governing body. http://www.ussailing.org