US Sailing has announced eight athletes who will represent the United States in the sport at the re-arranged Tokyo Olympic next year. In the women’s laser beam, Paige Railey, who won the World Championship in 2005 at the age of 18, will participate in her third Games.
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Railey has always been the best American sailor in his discipline for more than a decade, and also has a silver and three bronze medals in his name. Charlie Buckingham will return to the men’s laser after finishing just outside the top 10 at Rio 2016, but the 31-year-old could be a hopeful medal after winning bronze at the 2019 Pan American Games in the Peruvian capital of Lima.
At the last Laser World Championship, he finished 18th overall with two podiums in total. Farrah Hall, who will soon be 40 at the Games, returns to the team after finishing 20th in London 2012 in the RS: X women’s windsurfing category.
In the male equivalent, Pedro Pascual could only finish 28th in Rio 2016, but the 24-year-old showed himself in better shape after winning a silver medal at the Pan American Games. In the mixed category Nacra 17, the young pair Riley Gibbs and Anna Weis, aged 23 and 21 respectively, will travel to their first Games after winning one of the two American gold medals in Lima.
Women’s 49erFX silver medalists in Lima, Stephanie Roble, and Maggie Shea, will make their Olympic debut and also won a bronze medal at this year’s World Championship, adding to their bronze in 2014. Nevin Snow and Dane Wilson also passed the American Olympic trials. in the men’s 49er category, but the United States has yet to win the national quota for the Tokyo Olympic. The tests are still in progress for the 470 and final classes for men and women, which will lead to the nomination of five other athletes.
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