Digging into the Next Chapter

Since finishing second place in the US Olympic Trials, I have to admit it’s been a tough swallow.  I don’t lose very well, I don’t like to complain either. But one of the big challenges I always faced was raising hundreds of thousands a year while competing full-time. It was and will probably always be the hardest thing I have ever done. I’ve been fortunate to make it as far as I have come: US #1 for 7 years, 2008 Olympic Team and 2X alternate.  All things have never been equal, winning budgets internationally for winning medals are 500K plus per year, and through long and hard work I’ve typically outperformed those with 3-4 times my annual budget. So I will spend a good portion of my time this year focusing on redeveloping the US Olympic funding system as well as continuing to pioneer athletes rights internationally. I know most athletes don’t want to talk about how much they have had to suffer to make their dreams come true, but I will start to share with you and the world what makes a US Olympian do truly remarkable feats to make it and what I hope to change to best support the next rising stars.

Those change goals this year include:

1)  how the United States Olympic program funds it’s Olympians and Olympic Hopefuls

2)  find a new career for myself while continuing to support my nutrition business (with a focus on global fortune 500 companies)

3)  increase athletes rights in Sailing around the world

I’ve spent the last 5 years or so getting elected to leadership positions, I chair the Athletes Commission of the International Sailing Federation and have secured the first ever Board of Directors position for athletes, representing 10K plus athletes around the world.  I’m also on the USOC Athletes Advisory Council which I’ve co-founded the resource allocation task force to address USA specific funding concerns and direction.  This year I will use those positions to the best of my capacity to make lasting change to the Olympic movement.

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