US Sailing has announced the selection of Henry Marshall (Auburndale, Mass.) and Maximo Nores (Miami Beach, Fla.) to the 2014 U.S. Youth Olympic Team. Marshall will race in the Byte CII boys' singlehanded event, while Nores will compete on the Techno 293 board in the boys' windsurfing event.
Over 3,500 athletes will compete in 28 sports in Nanjing, China at the Youth Olympic Games from August 16-28, 2014. To be eligible to participate, all competitors must have been born between January 1, 1998 and December 31, 1999. In addition to high-level competition, each competitor will also experience a special Culture and Education Program (CEP), based around five main themes: Olympism, Social Responsibility, Skills Development, Expression, Wellbeing and Healthy Lifestyles. Like the Olympic Games, the Youth Olympic Games are held every four years.
"Young sailors experience tough international competition at the Youth Olympic Games, and US Sailing is proud to have Henry and Maximo representing the United States,"
said Josh Adams, Managing Director of US Olympic Sailing. "Both boys have worked hard to develop their skills and earn the chance to compete against the world's best."
Henry Marshall, 15, recently moved into the Byte CII class after competing in Optimist dinghies since he was seven years old. The move paid dividends almost immediately, as he finished second at the 2013 Byte Worlds, and won the North American Championships in both 2013 and 2014.
"I am very excited about going to China this summer,"
said Marshall. "I'm confident that the level of competition will be high, which brings out the best in me. I can't wait to compete. Representing the U.S. is an opportunity that motivates me and drives me every day."
Marshall credited intensive training against brothers Jack and Will Marshall for pushing his skills to a high level, under the supervision of longtime coach Christian Noe (Rosario, Argentina).
Maximo Nores, 14, is already a veteran athlete for his age, having competed in nine world championship events in several classes, and winning a North American title in the Techno 293. "I feel honored and proud to have been chosen to represent the country,"
said Nores. "I'm very excited to visit China, and I want to thank my family and coaches for getting me to where I am today."
Both Marshall and Nores noted that this selection has stoked their dreams about further advancement in the sport of sailing, and even future campaigns for the Olympic Games. "I want to continue to improve every time I sail,"
said Marshall. "It has always been a dream of mine to do an Olympic campaign and I certainly hope I am able to fulfill that dream."
Nores agreed, saying that, "This selection makes me feel like I'm [close to] that level, but deep inside I know I will have to work hard to get to the Olympics."
All nominations to the 2014 U.S. Youth Olympic Team are subject to approval by the United States Olympic Committee.
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About The Youth Olympic Games
The Youth Olympic Games brings 28 sports together in a unique multi-sport event for young athletes who are given a once in a lifetime opportunity to participate in high-level sporting competitions while also engaging in a Culture and Education Programme (CEP) focused on the Olympic spirit and Olympic values, skill development, well-being and healthy lifestyle, social responsibility and expression through digital media.
At the inaugural Youth Olympic Games, Singapore 2010, Ian Barrows (ISV) and Lara Vadlau (AUT) won gold on the Boys and Girls One Person Dinghy, Byte CII, whilst Mayan Rafic (ISR) and Siripon Kaewduang-Ngam (THA) took the honours in the Boys and Girls Windsurfer, Techno 293.
The same classes will be on show at the sailing event at Nanjing 2014 and will bring 100 of the finest young sailors, aged 15-16, together on Nanjing's Jinniu Lake.
For each of the four sailing events, there are seven Youth Olympic Qualification Events (YOQE). Competitors qualify their National Olympic Committee (NOC) at a YOQE, and the NOC will then select its competitor for that event by the 8 July 2014 deadline.
The seven YOQE for each event are made up of a World Championship and six Continental Qualification Events. At the Continental Qualification Events only nations within that continent will be eligible for YOG Qualification.
Full details of the qualification system including the continental quotas in English and French are available in the full qualification system document here