Name: Hugh Freund
Sport: Sailing
Position: Crew
Classification: Sonar
Height: 6-1
Weight: 160
DOB: 2/18/1988
Birthplace: Portland, Maine
Hometown: South Freeport, Maine
High School: Waynflete School (Portland, Maine) ‘07
College: Roger Williams University ’11, Architecture
Paralympic Experience
  • One-time Paralympian (2016); One-time medalist (1 silver)
  • Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, silver (three-person Sonar)
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2016 – Gold (Sonar)
  • Years of participation: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Medals: 1 (1 gold)
  • Gold – 2016 (Sonar)
Personal: Freund was diagnosed with bone cancer, and lost his leg while still a student. During his time attending Roger Williams University, his college head coach, Amanda Callahan, suggested that he pursue Paralympic sailing. Callahan had done an Olympic campaign with Betsy Alison, the U.S. Sailing Team Head Paralympic Coach, and was familiar with the world of adaptive sailing....Son of Dan and Julie Freund…Has one brother, Jacob…Hobbies include hiking, skiing, island hopping and sailing…Joined up with Beijing 2008 Paralympian and Disabled World Champion Rick Doerr in the Sonar class, and quickly qualified for the national team…Brad Kendell joined them shortly afterwards, and together the team of Doerr, Kendell and Freund have won seven Sailing World Cup medals over two Paralympic four-year cycles.