US SAILING has selected eight athletes as Sailing's 2007 US Olympic Committee (USOC) Athletes of the Year for outstanding performance and achievement.
Laser sailor Andrew CAMPBELL
and Laser Radial sailor Anna TUNNICLIFFE
are SportsMan and SportsWoman of the Year; Yngling sailors Sally BARKOW
, Debbie CAPOZZI
and Carrie HOWE
have captured the Team of the Year category; Sonar sailors Rick DOERR, Tim ANGLE
and Bill DONOHUE
are the Paralympians of the Year.
These US sailors have proven to be dominant forces in their respective one-design fleets in 2007, in both US and international arenas. US SAILING has nominated these sailors to the USOC for consideration for the overall Athletes of the Year awards; each Olympic sport's national governing body selects their outstanding athletes for consideration for this national distinction. The overall winners of the USOC Athletes of the Year awards will be announced in January 2008.
SportsMan of the Year: Andrew CAMPBELL
has been a regular on the leaderboard at Laser class events for several years, and in 2007 he continued to string victories together as he campaigned this singlehanded dinghy at regattas in the USA, Europe, and South America. Gold medal performances included a class win at the XV Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and first place in the US Olympic Team Trials - Sailing, a tough 16-race, nine-day contest held this fall in Newport among the nation's top Laser sailors, which earned him a berth on the US Olympic Sailing Team. CAMPBELL consistently logged top-ten finishes in large international Laser fleets, including a bronze medal in the 114-boat fleet racing the 2007 ISAF Grade 1 Canadian Olympic Regatta, Kingston (CORK) and an eighth place in the 149-boat class racing the 2007 ISAF Grade 2 Princess Sofia Regatta in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Since 2001, CAMPBELL has been named to the US Sailing Team - which includes the top-ranked sailors in each Olympic class - six times, and he was selected by US SAILING as the USOC Male Athlete of the Year in 2002 and 2005.
SportsWoman of the Year: Anna TUNNICLIFFE
Laser Radial sailor Anna TUNNICLIFFE
has had a year of stellar success, which when factored against all other racers competing in this singlehanded dinghy class has made TUNNICLIFFE the #1 ranked Laser Radial sailor in the ISAF World Sailing Rankings in 2007. A string of gold medal performances characterized her year, beginning in February with a win in the 96-boat fleet racing the Laser Midwinters East Championship and followed in August by a gold medal at the 2007 Good Luck Beijing - Qingdao International Regatta, an official test event for the 2008 Olympic Games; in October she won the 16-race US Olympic Team Trials - Sailing in Newport, which earned her a berth on the US Olympic Sailing Team. Competing in large Laser Radial fleets at international events in 2007, she was top American at the 2007 ISAF Sailing World Championships in Cascais, Portugal (fifth in class; 107 boats), and at the 2007 US SAILING ISAF Grade 1 Rolex Miami OCR in Miami, Florida (fourth in class; 67 boats). TUNNICLIFFE has been a member of the US Sailing Team since 2005.
Team of the Year: Sally BARKOW, Debbie CAPOZZI, Carrie HOWE
Skipper Sally BARKOW
and crew Debbie CAPOZZI
and Carrie HOWE
are familiar faces in the winner's circle of the USOC Team of the Year award: this team competing in the Yngling won this award in 2005, and their outstanding performance in 2007 earns them the title for the second time. These three women have consistently outperformed their peers at class events in 2007 to prove themselves to be a powerhouse team in this keelboat fleet. Their selection for this award is based on gold and silver medal performances at both national and international events in the Yngling class. Gold medal performances in 2007 included a class win at US SAILING ISAF Grade 1 Rolex Miami OCR and the 2007 ISAF Grade 2 Princess Sofia Regatta in Palma de Mallorca, Spain; the team brought home silver medals from the 2007 ISAF Sailing World Championships in Cascais, Portugal, the 2007 ISAF Gradce 1 Semaine Olympique Française in Hyères,France, and the ISAF Grade C1 Yngling North American Championship in Miami. This team has been named to the US Sailing Team every year since 2003.
Paralympians of the Year: Rick DOERR, Tim ANGLE, Bill DONOHUE
Sonar racers Rick DOERR, Tim ANGLE
and Bill DONOHUE
opened the 2007 season with a top performance at the 2007 US SAILING Rolex Miami OCR. In a tough international fleet, they placed second to capture a silver medal: they missed out on first place by a slim one-point margin to set the tone for a year of top performances. By September, they were in Rochester to face a Sonar field of 27 teams from 16 different nations at the International Association for Disabled Sailing (IFDS) World Championship. At that regatta they peaked to capture the World Championship, which took place on the eve of the US Paralympic Team Trials - Sailing. In October, they won the US Paralympic Team Trials - Sailing in Newport, in a hard-fought battle that earns them the right to represent the USA at the 2008 Paralympic Games in China. In 2006, DOERR was named the USOC Paralympic Athlete of the Year for sailing; this year, his team mates join him in this distinction. DOERR has been a member of the US Disabled Sailing Team (USDST), which includes the top-ranked sailors in each of the Paralympic classes, since 2001; in the past seven years, ANGLE had been named to the team six times. The entire team of DOERR, ANGLE, and DONOHUE were on the USDST in 2006 and 2007.