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Challenger Lecture Series: Olympics Rewind

January 13, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Date: Thursday, January 13

Time:  6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Location: Zoom

Full video now available at this link 

Challenger Lecture Series: Olympic Rewind and Preview: The puffs and lulls of Olympic Sailing in Tokyo and the race to 2024

Join our online event to hear the latest about the exciting sailing careers of US Sailing Olympic Team 470 sailors Nikki Barnes and Lara Dallman-Weiss and Canadian Sailing Team Laser Radial Sailor Sarah Douglas.  All three are training for Paris 2024 and they will talk about Tokyo and the race to compete in Paris 2024.

Nikki Barnes, US Sailing Team, Women’s 470 (Skipper)
“We both never give up,” says Nikki Barnes, about the determination she shares with her teammate and crew Lara Dallaman-Weiss.  The U.S. Virgin Islands-born Olympic sailor started sailing at the age of six with the intention of “beating the guys she sailed against.”  Nikki has competed at the highest levels of Opti, International 420s, and 470s.  She’s a three-time All-American sailor and an All-American select.  While she’s not training full-time,  Nikki  serves Sector Miami on active duty in the U.S. Coast Guard.

Lara Dallman-Weiss, US Sailing Team, Women’s 470 (Crew)

Lara Dallman-Weiss grew up sailing on White Bear Lake, MN. She is an accomplished athlete in basketball, track and cross-country and dancing  Lara found her love for competitive sailing at Eckerd College.  She has a multitude of sailing accomplishments on a wide range of boats including Farr 40, C&C Class 30,  Etchells and others. She is on the path with Nikki to medal in Paris 2024.

Learn more about Nikki and Lara

Sarah Douglas, Canadian Sailing Team, Laser Radial
From Optis to Olympics, Sarah started sailing Optimists on the island of Barbados.  Before the age of 15, she competed in North American and world championships.  After outgrowing Optis, Sarah transitioned into the Laser Radial Class.  After moving back to Canada, she continued to sail, coach, and then pursue her goal to win an Olympic medal.  In 2019 Sarah won a Gold medal in the Pan Am Games and finished a historic sixth place at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.  She’s now preparing for Paris 2024.