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4 January 2006, 12:15 pm
US SAILING Names 2005 Athletes Of The Year
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US SAILING has recognized six athletes as the sport's U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) Athletes of the Year for 2005 for outstanding performance in competition. In the four categories, the athletes have five World Championship titles between them, as well as numerous additional podium finishes.
Team of the Year is the Yngling team of Sally BARKOW, Debbie CAPOZZI and Carrie HOWE. Laser sailor Andrew CAMPBELL and Laser Radial sailor Paige RAILEY are Male and Female Athlete of the Year, respectively. US SAILING has also named 2.4 Metre sailor Nick SCANDONE as Paralympic Athlete of the Year.

As US SAILING's USOC Athletes of the Year, these sailors will be considered for the overall USOC Team and Athlete of the Year Awards. The USOC award winners will be selected from the Athletes of the Year recognized by each Olympic sport's national governing body.

Team of the Year - Sally BARKOW, Debbie CAPOZZI, and Carrie HOWE

Skipper Sally BARKOW and crew Debbie CAPOZZI and Carrie HOWE, have enjoyed a very successful year, winning eight major regattas, including two World Championships. BARKOW, CAPOZZI, and HOWE kicked off 2005 by winning US SAILING's Rolex Miami OCR in January to win the qualification for the US Sailing Team in the Yngling class. The team then went on to win several other major regattas, including the ISAF Grade 1 Semaine Olympique Française in France, the Expert Olympic Garda in Italy, the ISAF Grade 1 St. Quay Match Race in France, US SAILING's Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship in Annapolis, USA and the ISAF Grade 3 U.S. Women's Match Racing Championship in Fort Worth, TX. Their most impressive results were victories at the ISAF Grade W Yngling Women's World Championship and the ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship in Hamilton, Bermuda.

Male Athlete of the Year - Andrew CAMPBELL

Laser sailor Andrew CAMPBELL was recognized for his performance in several events, including the World University Games in Turkey where he won a gold medal representing the USA and Georgetown University. CAMPBELL also won the 89 boat fleet at the ISAF Grade 1 Laser Midwinters East Championship and the 85 boat ISAF Grade C1 Laser North American Championship. His success at these two events was preceded by his second place finish at US SAILING's ISAF Grade 1 Rolex Miami OCR, earning him second place on the 2005 US Sailing Team in the Laser class. CAMPBELL has also had a good year in college sailing, winning the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association's (ICSA)

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Paige RAILEY's success in 2005
has brought her another accolade
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Single-handed Championship and finishing second at the ICSA Sloops Championship. CAMPBELL was previously named US SAILING's Male Athlete of the Year in 2002.

Female Athlete of the Year - Paige RAILEY

Paige RAILEY, an 18 year old Laser Radial sailor from Clearwater, Florida, had a tremendously successful 2005, winning two World Championships and entering the record books for being the first sailor in history to win two Single-handed Girls ISAF Youth World Championship titles (she also won the event in 2003). RAILEY began her year winning US SAILING's ISAF Grade 1 Rolex Miami OCR, then went on to compete in the ISAF Grade 1 Laser Radial Midwinters East where she defeated 82 other boats to win the event and qualify for the number one spot on the 2005 US Sailing Team in the Laser Radial.

RAILEY also obtained great results in events further away from home, winning the ISAF Grade 2 Princess Sofia Trophy in Spain and the ISAF Grade C1 Laser Radial European Championship in Croatia. One of her most impressive performances this year was at the ISAF Grade W Laser Radial World Championship in Brazil last month where she beat 75 other world class sailors to take the title. This is the fourth time RAILEY was named US SAILING's USOC Female Athlete of the Year, she was previously recognized in 2004, 2002, and 2001.

Paralympic Athlete of the Year - Nick SCANDONE

Nick SCANDONE sailed brilliantly throughout the year, which culminated in a very impressive win at the 2.4 Metre Open World Championship where he defeated 87 able bodied and disabled sailors in the process, including seven previous World Champions. He also won the U.S. Independence Cup/North American Challenge Cup (his second consecutive win at that event) and America's Disabled/Open Regatta, both in the 2.4 Metre. SCANDONE was the highest U.S. finisher at US SAILING's Rolex Miami OCR, finishing in third place overall, which helped him take the top spot on the 2005 US Disabled Sailing Team in the 2.4 Metre. In addition to all his impressive Paralympic class results, SCANDONE still finds the time to compete in able bodied regattas as well, finishing fourth at the Naples Sabot Senior Nationals.

Marlieke de Lange Eaton (As Amended By ISAF)
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