Teen Sailing Team
Pushing for GOLD
2016 Olympic Games in Rio
Katie Flood and David Hein Making Waves in USA
Last month the world was focused on the San Francisco Bay as Oracle Team USA was rapidly losing their ownership of the Americas Cup to challenger Emirates Team New Zealand. USA, who were defending their title in a first to 9 winner take all regatta was down 8-1 against an opponent that showed no weakness whatsoever. But Team USA fought on and sailed what is now the greatest comback in the history of sport to beat the challenger 9-8! Smaller versions of those boats are being sailed in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
It is that exact excitement and interest that teenage sailors Katie Flood and David Hein are bringing to Olympic level sailing right now!
When most people think about the Olympics they think about the excitement of Hockey in the Winter Games, or the view of beach volleyball in the Summer Games. But David Hein from Rocky River, Ohio and Katie Flood from Miami, Florida have a different view. This teenage team is in training for the 2016 Olympic Games in the sport of sailing.
Olympic sailing has been around for over a century, but it is a sport still today that id dominated by a "mature" group of athletes. The average age of an Olympic sailor in the London Games was 36.6 years old! That is pretty close to the average of US athletes working to earn the single berth the Nation receives for the Mixed Multihull class of sailboats in Rio. David and Katie are 16 and 17 respectively and they have the energy and enthusiasm to prove it.
This exciting team of youth athletes is using age to their advantage. The teens have both been sailing for more than 1/2 of their lifetime, and have a long record of accomplishments sailing both in the USA and abroad. Their youthful spirit, excitement and approach to training give them an advantage over the "old school" guard that has historically held the tiller in this sport. Katie and David, both full-time high school students train 7 days per week and will stop at nothing to achieve victory.
Their age does give them a disadvantage, while they have extensive experience in sailing competitively, David and Katie lack the educational background, connections and time to develop a fundraising program to cover their campaign expenses. With Olympic level coaching costing between $800-1,000 per day plus expenses and the cost of equipment and travel, these youth superstars have a cash outlay of nearly $1500 per day over the next two years to give them the foundation they need to be #1 in the USA and bring home Victory from Rio in 2016!
These athletes are the most dedicated, hard working and focused individuals in sport today and have their goal of Gold in focus. Their campaign blog is located at http://www.followUStorio.com, where you can learn more about the athletes, their campaign and how both individuals and corporations can help these teenage athletes to become champions at the Games of Rio2016!
Katie and David are an excellent role model to their peers today. Their hard work, focus and dedication are proof that today's youth can achieve anything they are willing to work for. Help them to succeed and donate on their blog today!
* Donations can be made in any amount to the team and contributions above $500 can be made tax deductible through the Sailing Foundation of New York. The teens are available to speak at corporate and public events and are poised to show what a serious dogmatic approach to success can deliver to everyone in America today. Call them today at 216-210-3598.