Charlie Buckingham and Leah Volk, two senior members of Georgetown’s sailing team, were invited to join the 2011 U.S. Sailing Development Team earlier this week.
The 55-person team, which is supported by U.S. Sailing’s Olympic Committee, trains young sailors to compete at the Olympic level.
Buckingham, who won the 2010 Intercollegiate Sailing Association men’s singlehanded national sailing championship, will train on a single-person dinghy known as a Laser. But, he’s no stranger to accolades; in 2009, he appeared in Sports Illustrated and was honored as the nation’s top collegiate sailor.
Volk was chosen for the 470, a two-person dinghy.
“In addition to competing in regattas against the best national and international sailors, the USSDT will participate in a number of training camps throughout the year including the Performance Enhancement Team Training Camp in Colorado Springs,” Head Coach Kenneth Andreasen said in a press release.
Buckingham and Volk aren’t the first Hoyas with gold-medal hopes. In 2008, Georgetown graduate Andrew Campbell competed at the Beijing Olympics.
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Compiling another ‘top ten sexiest’ list for what must be an extremely hierarchically-minded readership, Cosmopolitan.com picked its favorite Olympic athletes. We can forgive them this one, though, because topping their list is our old friend Andrew Campbell (SFS ’06) who joins nine other ridiculously sculpted athletes, including shoe-in Michael Phelps.
Campbell would make Vox Populi’s list, too, because he blogs. I wouldn’t mind subscribing to his feed, if you get my drift.
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If you’re looking for a reason to watch the Summer Olympics, here’s one: former Georgetown Sailing Team captain Andrew Campbell (SFS ’06) is on the US Olympic Sailing Team.
“It’s really not going to hit me that I’ve made it until we walk into that stadium on August 8th,” Campbell wrote in an e-mail.
Ranked 15th in the world in his class, the San Diego native has just returned from Beijing, where he practiced for the 2008 Summer Olympics with the seventeen other members of the US Olympic Sailing team. Equally impressive, he managed to keep up with his blog.
Some of his blog posts will appeal only to sailing aficionados, others provide charming personal experiences with the Yellow Sea sludge.
“It’s our own personal version of the sci-fi movie: the Blobs!!!” Campbell wrote about the bulbous algae blooms currently choking the Olympics sailing site.
Someone gives it 110%, after the jump
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