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Anna Tunnicliffe is competing in sailing at the 2012 London Summer Olympics for the USA.

Tunnicliffe was born in England, where she started sailing at an early age, spending summers on her parents' yacht. When she was 12, her family moved to Perrysburg, Ohio, where she joined the North Cape Yacht Club in LaSalle, Mich. She and her brother sailed in the junior program, and began racing as a team on Lake Eerie. She continued sailing throughout her youth, and started racing Laser Radials at age 18. She returns to England to race in Sail for Gold, an annual ISAF World Cup event, and spends several weeks each year training in Weymouth Bay, which will host the sailing competition for the 2012 Games. Tunnicliffe says she is a proud American now and does not consider England her home, though she does expect her accent will come out a bit if she competes in her birth nation for the 2012 Games.

Not only was Tunnicliffe a top sailor throughout high school, she also participated in cross-country, swimming and track. In her senior year, she won district track championships in the 800m and set a new high school record of 2 minutes 17.56 seconds. With several scholarship opportunities for both track and sailing, Tunnicliffe remembered her lifelong dream of an Olympic medal in sailing, and chose to attend Old Dominion for its sailing program.

During her first week of college at Old Dominion University, Tunnicliffe entered a regatta at a local yacht club in Norfolk, Va. and won the race without much difficulty. She soon found, however, that the sailing program at Old Dominion would not be as easy. She had to work extra hard to keep up on a team ranked number one nationally in both women's and co-ed sailing. But in her four years there, she contributed to four national championships and three women's single-handed championships. She was a three-time All-American, and was awarded co-ed All-American status as well as the Quantum Sailor of the Year Award her senior year.

Ranked number three in the world heading into the 2008 Olympic Games, Tunnicliffe finished second at the 2008 Miami Olympic Class Regatta, third at Sail Auckland and sixth at Worlds. In 2007, she placed fifth at Worlds, third at the North American Championships, and fourth in the Rolex Miami Olympic Class Regatta.

Tunnicliffe has been the "golden girl" of the sailing world since earning Laser Radial gold in her Olympic debut at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games (as well as Laser Radial's debut in the Games). Since then, Tunnicliffe has been named US Sailing's Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year four times (2008 — 2011), becoming the first woman to earn the award in four consecutive years. Tunnicliffe also received the most prestigious recognition in her sport, ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year, twice (2009, 2011).

Tunnicliffe continued to dominate in the Laser Radial after Beijing and found herself ranked #1 in the 2008-2009 ISAF Sailing World Cup Standings. But Tunnicliffe sought new challenges and switched her focus to a different class of sailing, women's match racing, which joins the Olympic program for the first time in London. She is joined by her crew, Debbie Cappozi and Molly Vandemoer, also known as Team Maclaren.

While most sailors only ever focus on one class in their career, Tunnicliffe has had no problems adjusting to the second phase of her career, women's match racing. Team Maclaren has earned more than a dozen podium finishes in its short time together, most notably winning the 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships in December.


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Age: 34 years old
Birthday: October 17, 1982
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 146 lbs.
Birthplace: Doncaster, England, UK
Hometown: Perrysburg, OH
Current Residence: Fort Lauderdale, FL

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