Looking For Olympic Gold

Tokyo 2021 470 Olympic Campaign

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Our Plan to Meet the Challenge

Athletics in the Olympics offers an extraordinary level of competition. We intend to represent the United States of America and win Gold at the 2021 Summer Olympic Games in Enoshima, Japan by becoming the best Women’s 470 sailors. To meet this challenge, we will break this quinquennial into phases. We bring the following to the field:

  • Two mature, experienced and successful competitive sailors.
  • Training together as Skipper and Crew, we are combining our knowledge about wind, tuning the boat, racing tactics, balance, strategy, and winning. Together, we reinforce one of our biggest assets…we both never give up.
  • We are coachable and we have identified the right coaches for us to achieve our goals, and most importantly will grow to be self coaches. We will use the coaching we receive to creatively find the areas we can improve, learn new techniques and test new ideas.
  • We are aware of the mental, physical and emotional energy we will need to draw on. We have looked deep within ourselves and found confidence that we are precisely where we want to be, including that we are a great team together.
  • It will take researching the Olympics, previous 470 medalists, the venue, our prospective competition, the weather, the myriad of 470 tuning settings and logging our boat speed in various wind, current and wave conditions, and finally reviewing and analyzing our performance.
  • Most of all, we know we need near-constant time on the water, including competing in multiple international regattas and World Championships and we are committed to putting that time in from now until the Olympics — but we need the support of others to make us successful.

About the Team

Nikki Barnes

Skipper

Nikki Barnes was born and raised on St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands. She started sailing at the age of six with the intention of beating the guys she sailed against. She’s always liked the competitive nature of the sport and from her days of sailing in Opti’s and International 420’s to sailing in the 470 she has competed at the highest levels. Nikki is currently attached to Sector Miami and active duty in the US Coast Guard. She has been granted a Support Allowance Billet which allows her to train full time until the end of the 2020ne Summer Olympic Games

Most Notable Accomplishments:

  • 3rd at ISAF Youth Worlds (Zadar, Croatia)
  • Women’s Nationals Champion 2016, Quantum Women Sailor of the Year 2016
  • Sportsman of the year 2017 and three time All American sailor and All American select

Nikki is a 2017 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy and a commissioned officer in the United States Coast Guard. She is a proud member of the St. Thomas and St. Francis Yacht Clubs as well as the IYAC and ILYA.

“I work hard, have fun while I am working, and I never give up.”

Lara Dallman-Weiss

Crew

Lara Dallman-Weiss grew up sailing on White Bear Lake, MN. She spent her summers sailing in the ILYA, but most of her development as an athlete came on the basketball court, in track and cross-country and as a dancer. She found her love for competitive sailing at Eckerd College and from there counited to race and work with an incredibly diverse range of teams until she and Nikki joined forces.

Most Notable Accomplishments:

  • North American Champion Farr 40 Class, Flash Gordon 2016
  • 1st place Key West Race Week, C&C 30 class 2016
  • 1st place Etchells Pacific Coast Championship as main trimmer 2016
  • 3rd place Women’s Match Race World Championship, Epic Racing 2014

Lara is a 2011 graduate of Eckerd College where she studied nutrition and was team captain and earned both crew and skipper of the year awards; she had her best result, a 3rd place finish at the 2010 Women’s Nationals. Lara raced on the professional sailing circuit for 5 years racing with a range of teams from Etchells and Melges 20s to Farr 40s and Perini Navis. In addition, she spent time as a drone pilot, copywriter and photographer. Lara is a proud member of the New York Yacht Club, the IYAC, and the ILYA.

“If you want something bad enough, you’ll make it happen”

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