US Olympic Sailing Status: Q3, 2020

Published on September 30th, 2020

With the Tokyo Olympics just 10 months away, US Sailing provides this update on the US Olympic Sailing program, team, and athletes:

The Beginning:
We are pleased to present a brief update on the US Olympic Sailing program, team, and athletes. Our intention is to provide this on a quarterly basis to share developments, challenges, and progress that highlight the impact of your generous support of our Olympic program and athletes. 2020 has been a challenging year for all of us, and neither the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games nor the impact of COVID-19 have spared our Olympic sailing program or athletes.

In the following pages, we highlight the impact of the pandemic, our response to it, and current training plans. We also provide an update on the athletes selected to compete next summer in Japan as well as those who have yet to qualify. Our Olympic Development Program continues, albeit at a reduced and more informal capacity.

Finally, as the Olympic management team focuses on the extra 12 months to prepare athletes for next summer’s Games, we are also considering the long-term plan and the opportunities arising from LA2028, when the Olympics return to our home waters. We are extremely lucky to be engaged with McKinsey & Company in a long-term strategic planning project that will provide a roadmap to deliver sustainable excellence and, by 2028, re-establish the U.S. as the leader in Olympic Sailing.

The End:
US Sailing is not satisfied with its performance in recent Olympiads and is determined to return to the top of Olympic competition. This will take a solid, well‐funded, and professionally led plan. It will also take time. Fortunately, one of the fundamental elements of success, a pipeline of world‐class talent, is already in place.

Project Pipeline, the basis for our Olympic Development Program (ODP), launched in 2014 and is supported by a generous, multiyear donation from the AmericaOne Foundation. ODP has delivered against our objectives, with our U19 athletes dominating the Youth World Championship over the past three years.

LA2028 is the perfect “goal post” for our return to dominance, recalling LA84, when the US Sailing Team won four Golds and three Silvers in seven events. Project Pinnacle’s vision is simple: Dominate Olympic Sailing.

For everything between The Beginning and The End, click here.

Tokyo Olympic Sailing Program
Men’s One Person Dinghy – Laser
Women’s One Person Dinghy – Laser Radial
Men’s Two Person Dinghy – 470
Women’s Two Person Dinghy – 470
Men’s Skiff – 49er
Women’s Skiff – 49erFx
Men’s One Person Dinghy Heavy – Finn
Men’s Windsurfing – RS:X
Women’s Windsurfing – RS:X
Mixed Multihull – Nacra 17

Original dates: July 24 to August 9, 2020
Revised dates: July 23 to August 8, 2021


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