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Road to Rio: Looking ahead to 2.4 mR in 2016 for the United States

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The United States has a long history in this event, and has claimed a number of medals including bronze at the 2000 Games, silver at the 2004 Games and bronze at the 2008 Games. They had a boat competing at the 2012 Summer Paralympics.  The team qualified for Rio off their performance at the 2014 World Championships.

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Daniel Evans, Charles Rosenfield, Timothy Ripley, John Ruf, Ted Green and Dee Smith are all internationally ranked American sailors in this class. Evans is ranked the highest at thirteenth, with Smith the lowest at fifty-third. Evans and Ruf have both been ranked as high as eighth in the past, and the top four American sailors are all closely grouped together so there might be competition for that nominating spot.

 

What events these sailors have been competing at in the past three months can be difficult to track. Garda and Trentino Olympic Week, which took place earlier this month and had a 2.4 meter event, has no ISAF results published on their website. American sailors all passed on the Trofeo Sar Princess Sofia, which took place in Palma de Majorca in late March and early April of this year. Oceanbridge Sail Auckland Regatta in New Zealand in March had this class on their program, but only New Zealand competitors took part. At the ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres in April, Dee Smith was the only American competitor. The Annapolis, Maryland sailor finished tenth overall.

 

The country is one of the most active on the international circuit, with the country regularly having its nationals competing in events. Some of the most recent events they have participated in in the past few years include 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, 2014 IFDS Combined World Championships, C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Memorial Regatta 2014, C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Memorial Regatta 2013, C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Memorial Regatta 2012, 2014 Sail for Gold Regatta, 2013 IFDS Combined World Championships, and 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami.

 

If you are on Facebook, there are a number of United States disability sailing pages to watch including https://www.facebook.com/baadsveteransailing , https://www.facebook.com/JGASF , https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sail-To-Prevail-The-National-Disabled-Sailing-Program/187998341211044 , and https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sailability-Pittsburgh/897860396897762 .

 

Hosts Brazil automatically qualified for the 2016 Summer Paralympics by virtue of being hosts. At last year’s World Championships in Halifax, Canada, several countries qualified 2.4 mR boats with the final decision as to who would be on those boats up to the NPC. Countries that earned qualifying berths included Germany, Great Britain, France, Australia, United States, Canada, Norway, and Finland.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2532 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees.

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