Team Sperry Excels At Weymouth
Weymouth & Portland International Regatta,
31st July 2011 –13th August 2011
LEXINGTON (MA), USA (August 23, 2011) -- Leading global nautical performance and lifestyle brand Sperry Top-Sider® announces winning 9 medals in 5 different classes by its Team Sperry athletes at the recent Weymouth & Portland International Regatta.
This pre-Olympic Regatta set out to test the Olympic facilities to their fullest in advance of the 2012 event. The best sailors from around the world competed in all of the Olympic classes, which allowed the competitors to experience the testing conditions of the Weymouth waters.
Team Sperry athletes Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark (GBR), racing in the 470 Class, and Belgian Evi Van Acker in the Laser Radial both won Silver medals. Great Britain’s Nick Dempsey missed Gold by an agonizing single point in the RS:X event, signifying his focus on Gold in 2012. Paige Railey (USA) and Paul Goodison (GBR) both took Bronze in the Women’s Laser Radial and Laser respectively. Sally Barkow, Elizabeth Kratzig and Alana O’Reilly (USA) also secured Bronze medals in the Women’s Match Class.
Craig Reingold, President of Sperry Top-Sider, LLC said, "It is really exciting to see so many of our Team Sperry athletes picking up medals at this event. With just under a year to go, we are delighted that these competitors are carrying the Sperry Top-Sider brand to even greater heights in Europe. We hope to see even more of our Team Sperry athletes on the Olympic podium next year and wish them well as they continue their path to selection."
About Team Sperry:
Team Sperry is a select group -- now at 32 athletes -- that strives to represent their countries in sailing at the 2012 Olympics. These athletes, where applicable, wear Sperry Top-Sider technical footwear, as well as lifestyle products, and provide valuable input to Sperry’s product design team. The product design team utilizes the athletes’ feedback to enhance the shoes, particularly the technical performance footwear. Team Sperry was announced in early June with 30 athletes; Sperry expects to make additional announcements in the coming months regarding additional athletes joining the team.
The current team includes 16 from the USA and 16 Europeans in the following sailing classes:
- Stuart McNay and Graham Biehl (USA)
- Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell (GBR)
- Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark (GBR)
- Trevor Moore and Erik Stork (USA)
- Ivan Gaspic (Croatia)
- Giles Scott (GBR)
- Zach Railey (USA)
- Evi Van Acker (Belgium)
- Paige Railey (USA)
- Paul Goodison (GBR)
- Claire Leroy, Claire Pruvot, Marie Riou and Elodie Bertrand (France)
- Lucy MacGregor, Kate MacGregor and Annie Lush (GBR)
- Sally Barkow, Elizabeth Kratzig and Alana O’Reilly (USA)
- Anna Tunnicliffe, Debbie Capozzi and Molly Vandermoer (USA)
- Nick Dempsey (GBR)
- Andrew Campbell and Ian Coleman (USA)
- Brad Nichol and Andy Horton (USA)
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About Sperry Top-Sider
Since 1935, Sperry Top-Sider has been the leading brand of footwear for those with a Passion for the Sea. From its introduction of the world’s first siped rubber outsole for non-marking traction to advanced technical fabrication to combat the elements, Sperry Top-Sider remains at the vanguard of high-performance amphibious footwear for life and activities in, on and around the water.
Available around the globe in independent, marine, outdoor and department stores, Sperry Top-Sider is the official footwear of the Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regattas, Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week, the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics, the New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup and the National Safe Boating Council.
Since early 2010, the brand has launched nine Sperry Top-Sider retail stores in the U.S. – retail formats dedicated to the Passion for the Sea lifestyle. Sperry Top-Sider is a division of the Collective Brands Performance and Lifestyle Group, a subsidiary of Collective Brands, Inc. (NYSE: PSS). For more information, please visit www.sperrytopsider.com.