Getting to the Games
Published on January 31st, 2016
Before any sailor competes at the 2016 Olympic Games, their country must first gain entrance as each of the ten Olympic events has an entry limit. Country qualification is determined by the results in designated events, with Sailing World Cup Miami 2016 as the final Olympic qualification regatta for sailors from North and South America. Here is an update on qualifying from Canada and USA…
Canada qualified for spots in all classes with the exception of the 49er Men. Now it is up to the individual sailors to earn their ticket to the Rio 2016. The next stage of Canadian Olympic qualification will include an evaluation of athlete performances utilizing scores achieved at selected upcoming events including – 2016 World Cup events (Hyeres, Weymouth), 2016 Olympic Class World Championships, Olympic Class European Championships, 2016 Princess Sofia Regatta and Holland Regatta. While Canada is now eligible to compete in nine events, their selection system will only advance athletes deemed capable of competing at a high level either at the 2016 Games or at future Games.
Based on performances by American 49er, 49erFX and Men’s RS:X athletes in Miami, the United States has now officially qualified in all ten Olympic classes. In eight out of ten classes, Sailing World Cup Miami also was the first half of US athlete selection system. The finishing position in the Laser, Laser Radial, Finn, RS:X Men, RS:X Women, 49er, 49erFX, and Nacra 17 counts in the two-regatta selection series. The 470 Men and Women begin their two-part system at the 470 Worlds in February. The top placing US athletes in the selection system will then be nominated to the Olympic team. Additional details here.