US Sailing Team Chosen for 2012 Olympic Games

December 22, 2011 - USAlphaGraphics is proud to recognize and congratulate the U.S. Olympic Team—Sailing, which will be nominated to the U.S. Olympic Committee for approval. AlphaGraphics is the title sponsor of the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics, from which the Olympic team has been selected.

American sailors converged on Fremantle, Australia December 3-18 to compete in the ISAF Sailing World Championship. The event served as the country qualification regatta where USA secured an Olympic berth in nine of the 10 Olympic events: 49er, Men’s RS:X, Men’s 470, Women’s 470, Laser, Laser Radial, Finn, Star and Women’s Match Racing.

“AlphaGraphics could not be more proud to be so closely affiliated with these world-class athletes. Our team of franchisees across the country strive to be the best in our class each and every day and we have sought inspiration from these sailors, who are now positioned to fulfill their dreams of representing the USA at the Olympics,” said Kevin Cushing, AlphaGraphics’ CEO. “To have contributed to these athletes’ mission to sail at the highest level of their sport is a true and distinct honor.”

The following US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics athletes earned their positions at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, which will be sailed in Weymouth, UK.

  • Laser Radial - Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.)
  • Finn - Zach Railey (Clearwater, Fla.)
  • Women’s RSX - Farrah Hall (Annapolis, Md.)*
  • Men’s 470 - Stuart McNay (Boston, Mass.) and Graham Biehl (San Diego, Calif.)
  • Laser -Rob Crane (Darien, Conn.)
  • Men’s RSX - Bob Willis (Chicago, Ill.)
  • 49er - Erik Storck (Huntington, N.Y.) and Trevor Moore (Naples, Fla./Pomfret, Vt.)
  • Star - Mark Mendelblatt (Miami, Fla.) and Brian Fatih (Miami, Fla.)
  • Women’s 470 - Amanda Clark (Shelter Island, N.Y.) and Sarah Lihan (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)

*Farrah Hall (Annapolis, Md.) earned a nomination in the women’s windsurfer (RS:X), pending both US Olympic Committee approval and qualification of the USA in the RS:X. As the USA did not qualify at the ISAF Worlds, the final opportunity will be the 2012 RS:X World Championship, March 20-29,2012 in Cadiz, Spain. The Paralympic Sailing team will be selected and announced at US SAILING’s Rolex Miami OCR January 23-28, 2012 and the US Women’s Match Racing Team will be determined next May 4-7 in Weymouth, UK.

About AlphaGraphics

AlphaGraphics, Inc., plans, produces and manages visual communications for businesses at nearly 300 owner-operated, locally-based business centers worldwide. Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, the AlphaGraphics network, a 41 year-old brand, leads the industry in sales per location at $1.1 million. Backed by state-of-the-art technology, the world’s highest quality standards and a global network, the company’s trained and experienced team members are committed to delivering creative solutions to help customers increase their reach. As first ever title sponsor of a US National sports team, AlphaGraphics proudly supports the athletes of US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics. www.alphagraphics.com.

About US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics

The US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics is managed by the United States Sailing Association (US Sailing), the national governing body for the sport of sailing and sailboat racing. The top boats in each Olympic and Paralympic class are selected annually to be members of the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics. US Sailing supports these elite athletes with funding, coaching and training. The title sponsor of the team is AlphaGraphics; other sponsors include Rolex Watch USA, Atlantis WeatherGear, Sperry Top-Sider, LaserPerformance, Harken Team McLube, Trinity Yachts, New England Ropes, Group Experiential Learning and Bow Down Training. For more information about the US Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Program and the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics, please visit: sailingteams.ussailing.org

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