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Thursday, 21 December 2006 22:08

Paige Railey and Mark Mendelblatt named US Sailing's 2006 Athletes of the Year!

See all the details at the US Sailing website, here is the summary taken from their PR email:


SportsMan of the Year: Mark Mendelblatt

(Note: Mark Mendelblatt represented the US at the Athens Olympics sailing a Laser) 

Star skipper Mark Mendelblatt burst into Olympic contention this year after winning a gold medal with crew Mark Strube in a 93-boat fleet at the 2006 Star European Championship, part of Rolex Baltic Week in Neustadt, Germany. In an unprecedented performance at a major Star championship, they scored three consecutive bullets in the first three races and finished with only 10 points. Mendelblatt and Strube won another gold medal in a fleet of 49 Star boats at Kiel Week in Kiel, Germany, one of the largest sailing events in the world. Mendelblatt and Strube finished second in a 70-boat fleet at the Star Eastern Hemisphere Championships in Naples, Italy and third out of 14 at the St Moritz Match Race in Switzerland.

SportsWoman of the Year: Paige Railey

At age 19, Railey has celebrated an impressive string of victories this year, including a gold medal in a fleet of 34 boats at The Good Luck Beijing - 2006 Qingdao International Regatta, the first of two Olympic test events in China. Railey also won gold medals at the Semaine Olympique Francaise in Hyères, France, and at the ISAF World Sailing Games in Austria, after tough competition with the defending champion from France, Sophie de Turckheim. At the Laser Radial North American Championship in Florida, Railey won the 18-boat fleet by 33 points after finishing with a perfect nine point score. Railey also won the gold medal in a fleet of 94 boats at the Laser Midwinters East Regatta in Florida. In addition, Railey won silver medals at US SAILING’s Rolex Miami Olympic Classes Regatta (OCR) and US SAILING’s Olympic Pre-Trials in Newport, R.I.

Railey was named the 2006 Female ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) and Rolex. She is the first female American sailor to be named ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year since the awards were first presented in 1994, and is the youngest ever recipient of the award. Railey was ranked the number one Laser Radial sailor in the world by ISAF from September 1, 2005 - August 31, 2006 and is ranked the number one Laser Radial sailor on the 2006 US Sailing Team. This is the fifth year Paige has been named Female Athlete of the Year by US SAILING.



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