The team that will represent the United States in sailing at this summer's Tokyo Olympics is set.
US Sailing confirmed the 13-member squad Monday, concluding a nearly five-year roster campaign since the Rio Games.
Team USA will return former Olympians in five of the nine Olympic regatta classes; and sailors in four classes will make their Olympic debuts. Its lone medal from the 2016 Rio Olympics was a bronze from Caleb Paine in Finn. The U.S. was shut out in 2012 after winning two medals at the 2008 Games – a gold in Laser Radial and silver in Finn.
"The combined strength and depth of our Tokyo 2020 nominees, of our larger national team and of our development program is key to our success this summer and beyond," said Paul Cayard, executive director of U.S. Olympic Sailing. "I’m excited to support this group of 13 talented athletes as they race in Enoshima."
Sailing competition spans a majority of the Games' total duration, beginning July 25, two days after the opening ceremony, and concluding Aug. 4, four days from the closing ceremony. Medal races are from July 31 to Aug. 4.
49er FX: Stephanie Roble & Maggie Shea
Stephanie Roble (skipper) and Maggie Shea, together since fall 2016, will both make their Olympic debuts in Tokyo. They earned bronze in 49er FX at last year's 49er World Championships in Australia, silver at the 2019 Pan American Games in Peru and bronze at the 2019 Hempel World Cup Series in Italy.
Roble, 31, is a native of East Troy, Wisconsin, and 2011 graduate of Old Dominion University. She lives in Miami.
Shea, 31, is a native of Wilmette, Illinois, and a 2011 graduate of Connecticut College, where she studied government. She lives in Chicago.
Nacra 17: Riley Gibbs & Anna Weis
Riley Gibbs and Anna Weis will both make their Olympic debuts in Tokyo. They're the 2019 Pan American Games champions in Nacra 17.
Gibbs, 24, is a native of and lives in Long Beach, California. He studied maritime environment and marine biology at Orange Coast College.
Weis, 23, is a native of and lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In 2021, she graduated with a degree in health science from Boston University, where she was on the Division I rowing team.
Laser Radial: Paige Railey
Paige Railey will compete in her third consecutive Games. She's a five-time world medalist, the 2006 Rolex World Sailor of the Year, a three-time Pan American Games medalist and 2006 US Sailing Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year.
She placed 10th and eighth, respectively, at the 2016 Rio and 2012 London Olympics. Her five world Laser Radial medals from 2016, 2013, 2010, 2009 and 2005 are the most in the history of the class.
Railey, 33, is a native of and lives in Clearwater, Florida, and a 2010 graduate of the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, where she studied business management.
Finn: Luke Muller
Luke Muller will make his Olympic debut in Tokyo. He's a 2013 national champion, 2019 Hempel World Cup Series Miami bronze medalist and 2021 Finn world championship sixth-place finisher.
Muller, 25, is a native of and lives in Fort Pierce, Florida, and also spends time in New York. He's a graduate of Stanford University, where he was captain of the sailing team.
Laser: Charlie Buckingham
Charlie Buckingham will compete in his second consecutive Games. He took bronze in Laser at the 2019 Pan American Games in Peru and won the Italian Olympic Class Championship in 2020.
He placed 11th in Laser at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Buckingham, 32, is a native of Newport Beach, California, and a 2011 graduate of Georgetown University, where he studied government and was a two-time College Sailor of the Year. He lives in Costa Mesa, California.
Women's Windsurfing: Farrah Hall
Farrah Hall will compete in her second Games after missing the 2016 team. She earned bronze in windsurfing (RS:X) at the 2011 Pan American Games in Mexico, silver at the 2012 Sailing World Cup in Miami and silver at the 2018 RS:X North American Championships in Mexico.
She placed 20th in windsurfing at the 2012 London Olympics.
Hall, 39, is a native of and lives in Annapolis, Maryland. She's a 2003 graduate of St. Mary's College of Maryland, where she studied biology and was on the swim team.
Men's Windsurfing: Pedro Pascual
Pedro Pascual will compete in his second consecutive Olympics. He won windsurfing (RS:X) golds at the 2017 RS:X North American Championships and 2020 Sailing World Cup, both in Miami.
He placed 28th in windsurfing at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Born in Mexico, Pascual, 25, is a native of Miami and a 2018 graduate of Florida Atlantic University, where he studied mechanical engineering. He lives in Chipiona, Spain, the country he began windsurfing in at age 13.
Men's 470: Stu McNay & Dave Hughes
Stu McNay (helm) and Dave Hughes (crew) will make their respective fourth and second consecutive Games, competing together at a second straight. In March they finished fifth at 2021 470 World Championships in Portugal.
The veteran pair just missed the 470 podium at the 2016 Rio Olympics, taking fourth. McNay placed 14th and 13th, respectively, at the 2012 London and 2008 Beijing Olympics.
McNay, 39, is a native of and lives in Providence, Rhode Island, and is a 2005 graduate of Yale University, where he studied architecture and was a two-time All-American.
Hughes, 43, is a native of Ithaca, New York, and a 1999 graduate of the University Southern Maine, where he studied American government, and a 2001 international relations graduate of the University of Wales. He lives in Miami and started sailing at 13.
Women's 470: Nikki Barnes & Lara Dallman-Weiss
Nikki Barnes (helm) and Lara Dallman-Weiss (crew) will both make their Olympic debuts in Tokyo. In March the pair placed seventh at the 2021 470 World Championships in Portugal.
Barnes, 27, is a native of the U.S. Virgin Islands and is a 2017 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, where she studied science and management and was a three-time All-American. She's an active duty U.S. Coast Guard Lieutenant stationed in Miami – the first to compete at the Olympics – and began sailing at age 6.
Dallman-Weiss, 32, is a native of Shoreview, Minnesota, and a 2011 graduate of Eckerd College, where she studied nutritional counselling wellness education and Spanish. She also began sailing at age 6.