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Haeger, Provancha win selection to 2016 U.S. Olympic sailing team

Annie Haeger and Briana Provancha, U.S. Sailing's women's 470 team
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Haeger, Provancha win selection to 2016 U.S. Olympic sailing team

The 2016 U.S. Olympic sailing team is complete with Haeger and Provancha earning their Olympic selection at the European Championships.

The final two athletes have been added to the 2016 U.S. Olympic sailing team. Annie Haeger and Briana Provancha won the Olympic team selection in the women's 470 (two-person dinghy).

U.S. Sailing's selection series for the women's 470 includes two high-level international sailing events: the 2016 470 World Championships in San Isidro, Argentina in late February and the ongoing 2016 470 European Championships in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Haeger and Provancha still have a chance to win a medal at the European Championships. Team HP currently stands in fourth place.

Haeger and Provancha trailed U.S. teammates Sydney Bolger and Carly Shevitz at one point during this year's World Championships, but a come-from-behind rally gave Haeger and Provancha a two-point lead heading into the European Championships.

After five qualifying-round races and resilient sailing performances, Haeger and Provancha increased their lead by 28 points over Bolger and Shevitz. Bolger and Shevitz fell short in their Team USA qualification attempt, dropping to 31st overall in Palma. A culmination of events including a protest and a disqualification from Race 4 - which derived from a close encounter with Haeger and Provancha near a course mark - confirmed the Olympic selection for Haeger and Provancha.

In August 2015, Haeger and Provancha won gold in the women's 470 at the Rio Olympic test event in Marina de Gloria, the same venue where the pair will compete in their first Olympic race, scheduled for Aug. 10.

@teamhp470 | 2015 Rio Olympic Test Event

"This is just step one," Provancha said. "We want to put USA on the podium. We want to be singing the Star-Spangled Banner on that day in August."

Less than four months away from their first Olympic race, Annie Haeger has checked one step off her list. "Step one is to qualify, step two is to keep the pedal down, and step three is to medal," she said. "We're not going to stop here. We have so much work we can do."

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