Who is David Hein

David Hein is a teenager that has dedicated his young life to the pursuit of pure success. His journey is documented on his blog at www.davidheinsailing.com.

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David was born on Superbowl Sunday 1997 in Rocky River, Ohio. From the beginning, David knew what he wanted and would stop at nothing to get it. At 11 months David sailed down in Grenada and fell in love with the sun, the sand and the power of wind and water!

When he started walking, David's parents slapped a pair of ski boots on his feet and david instantly found that speed was his thing. He spent up to 100 days each winter on the mountains of Holimont Ski Club and was only out of the heavily wooded glades to streak down a racecourse so he could get back to the powder and the adventures that awaited him in the trees.

David grew up in Rocky River, Ohio which is where he still calls home. He started sailing at the Cleveland Yachting Club when he was 8 years old in the Optimist Dinghy and instantly fell in love with the competitive nature of the sport. At the age of 13, David earned a position on the US National Optimist Team and began representing the USA at international regattas. To help him improve and move up in the world rankings, David decided to find a way to sail year round, so he packed up his boat and moved to Ft Lauderdale, Florida to sail with the top sailors and coaches in the USA at Lauderdale Yacht Club. When David aged out of the Optimist he started sailing F16 catamarans and fell in love with the speed and technical complexities of the boat. Less than one year later David moved to Miami to be able to train full-time with the US Sailing Team.

A 16 year old, David is a junior in highschool who spends his time working out in the gym, riding his bike, working on "mods" to his Chevy Silverado pickup truck and playing sports. While this all sounds pretty much like the typical teenage boy, David is way beyond his years in terms of his focus, dedication and determination!

The week David turned 16 he qualified for the US Sailing Development Team, an honor only bestowed upon the top ten youth (under the age of 21) athletes in the country! This is in large part due to David's unbridled enthusiasm to be the best at what he does. Upon making the Development team (less than one year ago), David decided that he wanted to set his sights on the 2016 Olympic Games in the challenging and brand new NACRA 17 class of sailboat.

Davids typical day looks something like this:

5 am Wakeup and workout at the gym
7 am School
10am Therapy at the US Sailing Team Fitness and Wellness Center
11:30 Sailing
4:30 School
6 pm 30 mile bike ride
8 pm School

David lives this schedule 7 days a week, all year round to be in the best possible shape and condition for his aggressive racing schedule. When he has free time, David likes to hang out with his friends (most of whom are sailors), work on his truck and his boat and explore the wilderness of Florida's everglades where he has been known to come into close contact with alligators, panthers and other unexpected creatures lurking around their natural habitat. He tries to find a week or at least a few days every winter to head up to the mountains to decompress while he thrashes through the backcountry in search of the best "pow" that God can produce.

David is a results-oriented individual with the drive, determination and energy to accomplish what he sets his mind on. He believes that God has given him these qualities and so he should find the best ways to use them and always be an example that people can always achieve anything in this world...as long as they are willing to work hard for what they want!

David's training, coaching, travel and competition drive his success. He heavily relies on the generosity of people in the community to help make his hard work pay off at the Olympic Games. David considers these people his personal Heros because they make it possible for him to reach for his dreams and become the best at what he does! Are you able to be a Hero for David?

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David can be reached at 216-210-3598 (voice or txt) and david@followmetorio.com