Olympic champion Page to lead US sailing program

Australia's Malcolm Page (left), with Mathew Belcher, competes at the London Olympics in 2012.
Australia's Malcolm Page (left), with Mathew Belcher, competes at the London Olympics in 2012. Bernat Armangue

SAILING: Australia's two-time Olympic sailing gold medallist Malcolm Page has jumped ship.

The winner of the 470 class in Beijing 2008 and London 2012 has been hired by the United States to head up its flagging sailing team.

The US has struggled on the water at the Games, going without a medal for the first time since 1936 in London, and only winning a bronze in Rio this year, in the Finn class.

Page replaces Josh Adams, who departs due to business commitments.

US Sailing president Bruce Burton said there were American candidates for the job, but the governing body felt it needed a new perspective.

Also a seven-time world champion, Page was only last month inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.

"I'm very excited to get back into the performance side of the sport, which is where I cut my teeth, and where my passion has always been,” Page said.

"I am looking forward to working with an ambitious group of American athletes and helping them realise their dreams.

"The US sailing team has an extraordinary history in Olympic sailing, with more medals won than any other nation. I know I can play a part in getting the United States back to the top.”

Topics:  sailing

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