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17 October 2006, 12:01 pm
New and Familiar Faces at Olympic and Paralympic Pre-Trials
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San Diego, California, USA

Race organizers and athletes were put to the test over the weekend at US SAILING's Olympic and Paralympic Pre-Trials held in Newport, R.I. and San Diego, California. The events are considered test events for race organizers to prepare for hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Trials at the same time next year and for athletes to get accustomed to local conditions, race areas, and facilities.
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Taking a quick look at the weekend's winners show some familiar as well as new faces, ranging from Athens silver medalists John LOVELL and Charlie OGLETREE winning the Tornado Pre-Trials, to Mark LEWIS and Maureen McKINNON-TUCKER winning the new Paralympic class SKUD-18 in the Pre-Trials.

The Rhode Island Sailing Foundation, supported by Sail Newport, New York Yacht Club, and Ida Lewis Yacht Club, hosted the US SAILING Pre-Trials in the Laser and Laser Radial, as well as the Paralympic classes 2.4mR, SKUD-18, and Sonar. Meanwhile, in California, San Diego Yacht Club hosted the US SAILING Pre-Trials in the Tornado class.

The US SAILING Pre-Trials in the Laser and Laser Radial also served as the qualification event for the 2007 Pan American Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in July. The U.S. Pan American Games Team - Sailing will be announced on a later date when the team is finalized.

The US SAILING Pre-Trials will continue next weekend (Oct. 20-22) in California when the 49ers compete at Southwestern Yacht Club in San Diego, the Finns at Newport Harbor Yacht Club (Newport Beach) and the Stars at California Yacht Club (Marina del Rey). The Pre-Trials will finish Oct. 26-29 with four days of racing for the men's and women's 470s at the US Sailing Center in Long Beach and the men's and women's Neil Pryde RS:X - the new Olympic sailboard - at Alamitos Bay Yacht Club.

Marlieke Eaton (As Amended By ISAF). Image, LOVELL and OGLETREE in action © Dan Nerney/Rolex
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