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The Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC) of US Sailing, has named members of its 2003 Pan American Games Team


Last week, The Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC) of US Sailing, has named Peter Wells (Newport Beach, California) and Lanee Butler (Aliso Viejo, California) as members of its 2003 Pan American Games Team. Wells and Butler are the respective winners of the Mistral men and women's selection trials held recently at the US Sailing Center in Florida. Pending approval from the US Olympic Committee they will represent the USA in the boardsailing events at the Games in August.

Wells, a three-time ICSA All-American while at the University of California – Irvine, posted two first-place finishes to win the men’s division by three points over the second-place finisher, Ben Barger (St. Petersburg, Fla.). Wells, a member of the US Sailing Team since 1998, faced tough competition from Barger, and fellow 2002 US Sailing Team members Kevin Jewett (Deephaven, Minn.) and Phillip Muller (Ft. Pierce, Fla.), each of whom won at least one race during the six-race series.

In the two years since Sydney’s Olympic Regatta, Butler, a three-time Olympian (’00, ’96, ’92), has been absent from the U.S. boardsailing scene. Ever competitive, Butler has just been testing the water in other ways – most notably crewing aboard Maiden II when it broke the 24-hour distance record in June, 2002. Unable to resist the lure of a fourth trip to the Pan Am Games, Butler returned to sweep the women’s division of the Mistral Pan Am Trials. Her closest competition came from Beth Winkler (Banana River, Fla.), another veteran of the class, who finished the series with 11 points to Butler’s 5. The trip to Santo Domingo will give Butler the opportunity to add to the three boardsailing medals (gold in ’99 and '91; bronze in '95) won in her previous trips to the Pan Am Games.

Lanee Butler
Age: 29

US SAILING TEAM: 1990-2000

Member: Dana Point Yacht Club

Dana Hills High School, graduated 1988

University of California-Irvine, Graduated '93, BA

US SAILING's Olympic Sailing Committee recognized veteran boardsailor Butler as the sport's 1999 U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) Female Athlete of the Year. Bestowed annually, the USOC Athlete of the Year award is based on outstanding performance in competition.
Already a three-time Athlete of the Year ('94, '93, '91), Butler was recognized for her dominance of women's boardsailing in the U.S. She won the Mistral Women's gold medal at the 1999 Pan Am Games in Canada where her toughest competition came from long-time rival and defending Pan Am Games Gold Medalist Caroll-Ann Alie of Canada. Ultimately, both sat out the final race of the series when their gold and silver medal positions were mathematically secured, Butler with 10 points to Alie's 13. The win secured Butler her third Pan Am Games medal. Having won gold in '91 and bronze in '95, she established a new record for U.S. medals won at the Pan Am Games (in sailing) by a woman.

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