Riley Gibbs and Anna Weis will make their Olympic sailing debuts this summer in Tokyo.
Teaming up in the Nacra 17 class, the duo secured their spots on the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team with their finishes in last fall's 2019 world championships (14th) and this week’s 2020 world championships (17th) in Geelong, Australia.
The pair had second- and eighth-place finishes Saturday to lock down their spots at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
Gibbs and Weis won the gold medal in Nacra 17 at the Pan American Games Lima 2019. They had entered the competition in Australia with a nine-point lead over Sarah Newberry and David Liebenberg in the U.S. Olympic Team selection trials.
Gibbs, the crew’s skipper who first began sailing when he was 4 years old, has placed among the top five in world championships in different sailing classes three times. In addition to the gold medal at the Pan Am Games in Peru, he finished fourth in the 2018 world cup series final in Marseille, France.
Weis, a 21-year-old student at Boston University, recovered from surgery on both arms to win with Gibbs at the Pan Am Games. She was a rower for BU’s rowing team before focusing completely on her Olympic camaign with Gibbs.
Weis won the single-handed Laser Radial U.S. championship in 2016 and placed eighth that same year in the youth world championships in Ireland.
Gibbs and Weiss combined for two top-five finishes this week in Australia, and finished 17th overall.
Paul D. Bowker has been writing about Olympic and Paralympic sports since 1996, when he was an assistant bureau chief in Atlanta. He is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.