U.S. Sailing’s Olympic Sailing Committee Selects 2012 U.S. Paralympic Team
“These six athletes have shown they have the desire required to win Paralympic medals,” said Olympic Sailing Committee Chairman Dean Brenner (Wallingford, Conn.). “Four of the members have already been to the Games, and they bring a great deal of experience and wisdom to the overall Team.”
“When I crossed the finish line, my coach told me I had won,” said French dockside after racing. “It’s very exciting. We had a tough week. Most of the boats have been close together, and all of the boats competing give us an idea of what the Paralympics will be like. There were a lot of medalists from Paralympics and others who have been to the Games. You have to sail your best against them.”
“It’s been a great day,” said LeBlanc moments after reaching the dock at the end of Rolex Miami OCR. “I sealed the deal and won the Trials.”
LeBlanc, who finished 8th at Rolex Miami OCR, is a member of Southern Yacht Club.
Callahan, who is a member of New York Yacht Club and Port Charlotte Sailing Club, is a 2000 Paralympian; Brown is the 2000 bronze medalist (2.4mR) and 2004 silver medalist (2.4mR); and Johnson, who is a member of St. Petersburg Yacht Club, is a 2004 bronze medalist (Sonar) and a Paralympian in volleyball.
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