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Paige RAILEY (USA)Paige RAILEY has exploded onto the Olympic circuit during the last nine months and firmly established herself as the force to be reckoned with in the Laser Radial. In January, Paige took victory at her first ISAF Graded Laser Radial event which was also the first ISAF Grade 1 event for the new Olympic women's one person dinghy equipment. She followed up that victory with three more to end the nomination period with wins at five of the seven graded events she has entered.

In July, Paige returned to an event she had contested three times before, and from which she had walked away with two medals, the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship which took place in Busan, Korea. Paige faced the cream of young talent from around the world and, a clear favourite to win the gold, she produced another impressive performance, winning six of the eleven races and ending the Championship on top of the podium. This victory is another first as she is the only female to ever win more than one single-handed dinghy title at the ISAF Youth Worlds Championship. A few weeks later she was back on the water at the ISAF Grade CI Laser Radial European Championship in Split, Croatia where she topped the podium again and in doing so, boosted herself back to the top of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings, despite counting points from fewer regattas than those ranked behind her.

ISAF World Sailing Ranking at the end of the nomination period (3 August 2005) - 1

1st - Rolex Miami OCR, January 2005 - ISAF Grade 1
1st - Laser Midwinters East, February 2005 - ISAF Grade 1
1st - HRH Princess Sofia Trophy, March 2005 - ISAF Grade 2
7th - Holland Regatta, May 2005 - ISAF Grade 1
2nd - Kieler Woche, June 2005 - ISAF Grade 1
1st - Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship, July 2005 - ISAF Grade 2
1st - Laser Radial European Championship, August 2005 - ISAF Grade C1

Name: Paige RAILEY (USA)
Place of Birth: St Petersburg, Florida, USA
Date of Birth: 31912
Profession: Student
What inspired you to take up sailing? When I was five I watched my older brother Zach sail the Optimist. When watching him I fell in love with sailing.
What was the first boat you sailed? Optimist at age 8
How did you buy your first boat and what was it? I got my first racing boat for a Christmas present from my parents. It was a Winner Optimist.
Name your first sailing club: Clearwater Yacht Club, Florida
What was the first event you competed in? Bruce Neubauer Regatta in 1995
What was the first event you won? Orlando Sailfest Optimistin in 1996
What are the main achievements/personal highlights of your sailing career? 2005 - 1st - 2005 Rolex Miami OCR, 1st HRH Princess Sofia, 1st - Laser Mid-Winters East, 1st - Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship, 1st - Laser Radial Europeans, Currently ranked 1st on the ISAF World Sailing Rankings, 2nd - Kieler Woche
What are the main achievements/personal highlights of your sailing career? 2004 - 1st Laser Mid-Winters East, US SAILING's Junior Women's Single-handed Champoin (Leiter Cup), US High School National Champion, US SAILING's Female Athlete of the Year, US Olympic Committee Sailor of the Year
What are the main achievements/personal highlights of your sailing career? 2003 - 1st - ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship, US High School National Champion (first female ever to win), Kieler Woche Open Radial Champion
What are the main achievements/personal highlights of your sailing career? 2002 & 2001 - 3rd Volvo Youth Sailing World Championship, US SAILING Female Athlete of the Year, US SAILING Junior Women's Single-handed Champion (Leiter Cup)
What are you future sailing goals? My goal is to represent my country in the 2008 Olympic Games and to one day win an Olympic gold medal. I also plan to race in the America's Cup.
What does sailing mean to you? Sailing is my life. I have sacrificed so much for it. I feel that sailing and I are one. To me, it is truly 'my everything'. It takes me places I have never seen, allows me to experience new feelings and conquer new obstacles. Sailing challenges me in ways that most people never have experienced. My boat is the best friend I have ever had. It's never late, doesn't get sick, won't break my heart and it's there through all of my ups and downs.
Who has had the greatest impact on your sailing career and why? A dear friend of mine. Olivia CERAOIO died of a race cancer at such a young age. Before she became sick I took for granted my time sailing on the water, but when she became sick she yearned to be out training again. I learned how precious everything I do is, and how easily everything can be taken away from you. My whole outlook on sailing changed and I try to enjoy and cherish every experience associated with my sailing.
Who is your sailing hero? I think that Siren SUNDBY and Robert SCHEIDT have awesome sailing careers. I love how they have so many titles under their names and I admire their dedication to their sport.
What other sports do you enjoy? Snorkelling, fishing, water skiing
What does being nominated for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards 2005 mean to you? I am truly honoured to be nominated! I can't believe that out of all of the sailors in the world I was short listed. I am young and I just finished my first Olympic circuit this summer and to be chosen for this prestigious award just tops it off. This is something that will stay with me for the rest of my life.
If you were voted as the winner, what would this mean to you? First of all, I would have to get over the shock and I expect the feeling that I would experience would be indescribable. Proud, excited and satisfied are just some of the few things I would feel. I would think to myself that all of my hard work does pay off and now I am being widely recognized for the pain, glory, triumphs and countless hours that I have put into my sailing.

RWS - 2005 - Paige RAILEY

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