U.S. Olympic sailor from Minnesota qualifies for Paris 2024

Lara Dallman-Weiss will compete in first mixed-gender sailing event at Olympic Games

A woman on a dock with boats behind her
Shoreview native Lara Dallman-Weiss is competing for a spot to compete in sailing at the 2024 Paris Summer Olympics.
Courtesy of U.S. Sailing

Olympic sailor Lara Dallman-Weiss qualified after winning the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in January with her teammate Stuart McNay of Providence Rhode Island.

After winning the U.S. Olympic trials competition in January, Dallman-Weiss and McNay qualified to represent the U.S. during the 470 World Championship on Sunday, held in Palma De Mallorca, Spain. Their team finished the event in 26th place and the top North American boat at the world championship.

It will be the second time Dallman-Weiss will compete for Team USA. Her first trip was to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, where she placed 12th in the women’s 470 with Nikki Barnes. McNay has been to the Olympics four times before, competing in the men’s 470.

Lara Dallman-Weiss
Lara Dallman-Weiss has participated in the sailing World Championship for three years and finished 7th in the 470 Women's competition in 2021.
Courtesy of Joao Costa Ferreira

They’ll also compete in the first mixed-gender sailing event for the Olympics: a first-time event mirrored by the fact that the Paris games will have full gender parity for female and male athletes, with quotas equally distributed for teams 50:50.

Paris continues a tradition of advancing gender equity in the Olympic Games. The Paris Games in 1900 were the first to allow women to compete.

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