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Arbitration Hearing Confirms Nancy Rios as US Olympic Representative

ANNAPOLIS, MD, MAY 23, 2008– Yesterday concluded the long awaited US Olympic Committee arbitration hearing between me and US Sailing. The hearing was the last opportunity to reverse the single party redress hearing at the US Sailing Olympic selection trials last October that named Nancy Rios as the windsurfer to represent the US at the Olympics.

The two-day trial, held in Providence, Rhode Island, concluded when the arbitrator decided that my claim did not meet the threshold for a due process dispute. This decision means that Nancy Rios will now represent the United States in the RS:X Women’s boardsailing event in the 2008 Olympic Games.

Nancy has my very best wishes for success at the Games.

Attending the arbitration were my legal team, US Sailing’s legal team, Nancy Rios’ lawyer, witnesses, and of course Nancy and me.

I plan to rejoin the European regatta circuit and continue training, and am considering plans to campaign for the 2012 Olympic Games in the United Kingdom.

I would like to thank all my supporters, who have in many different ways shown their belief in what I am doing. The level of commitment and support I have received has been truly phenomenal. This will be a memory that I will cherish for a lifetime.

Since the selection trials I’ve raced with and against Nancy at the Worlds in New Zealand and at Hyères, France. I hope the competition I provided has assisted in her preparation for Qingdao.