Our Story

Athletics in the Olympics offers an extraordinary level of competition. We intend to win Gold at the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Enoshima, Japan by becoming the best Women’s 470 sailors. To meet this challenge, we bring the following to the field:

We have years of training and racing on the water from Optis, to club 420s, to international 420s and now to the 470 dingy.

While training together as Skipper and Crew, we are awaking a synergy which combines our knowledge about wind, tuning the boat, racing tactics, balance, strategy, and winning. Together, we reinforce one of our biggest assets…we never give up.

We know how to use the coaching we receive, whether from our own coach or from coaching at a clinic, to see the areas we can improve, to learn new techniques, to test new ideas.

We know how to keep our egos from becoming an obstacle to learning. We learn from other sailors, particularly the ones we race against, and we listen all the time.

We know exactly how hard this will be and are aware of the mental, physical and emotional energy we will need to draw on.

We have looked deep within ourselves and found a confidence that where we are now is precisely where we want to be.

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We are on the last leg of our journey to Palma,Spain! We have flown ✈️ from 🇺🇸 to 🇩🇪 and have driven 🚙 with the ⛵️ from 🇩🇪 to 🇪🇸. We are now on a ⛴ to Palma!! It’s been a long journey but we are excited to sail in this wonderful venue! ¡Vamos! ...

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Bonjour! 🇫🇷

We are in France and on our way to Barcelona, Spain today to catch our Ferry.

No heat in the car and it’s 3.5 Celsius!
Here’s to a long day of driving!

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Guten tag from 🇩🇪! If anyone was worried we would arrive and be hungry, fear not. Our hosts Wolfgang and Marianne picked us up from the airport and we came home to goulash with noodles, chicken in a creamy sauce with mushrooms, mashed potatoes, fruit, and fresh baked cherry cake! Our morning started with the spread pictured here- a great way to start the 15 hour drive to Barcelona where we take the auto ferry to Palma. Nikki is currently driving our manual car (which she just learned last week 🙂) in the rain.
We are enjoying the greenery here, listening to the radio and trying to pick up a few German words, and the small towns.
Until later,
L & N

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Update #3:

...and we are off!! We are flying to Hannover, Germany to pick up our boat and then we will drive to Barcelona. After that we will take a ferry to Palma, Spain. Our home for the next couple of weeks! 🇪🇸

We are so thankful to be able to travel and represent the Coast Guard and our country. Additionally we wouldn’t have made it this far without the continual help, advice, support, and commitment from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Alumni Association! 🇺🇸🇺🇸

Thank you all for following along and we will update again when we land in Germany! 🇩🇪

Aid Wiedersehen!

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Update #2:

“We want to be the strongest team on the water.”

That’s the motto we made to ourselves when we started sailing together, Crew @laradallmanweiss has taken taken her fitness to the next level over the past two months. 💪

We have been working with Old Bull Athletics and clearly the work is paying off. Check out some of the photos below of Lara in action 💥 🏋️‍♀️

Additionally she’s been getting on the water sailing J70s, Etchells and exploring our sport anyway she can! 🇺🇸

Last update is coming later today...can anyone guess what we are doing later today??

Hint: 🛫

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  • Never Quit, Never Give Up - Nikki Barnes    
  • Perfect Teamwork works Perfectly. - Lara Dallman-Weiss    

Nikki - Early Years

Miami Training - Getting Ready


Miami Training - On the Water

Miami Training - Close Up


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