Anna Tunnicliffe

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Anna Tunnicliffe
Medal record
Competitor for  United States
Women's Sailing
Olympic Games
Gold 2008 Beijing Laser Radial
World Championships
Gold 2011 Perth Elliott 6m
Silver 2012 Gothenburg Elliott 6m
Bronze 2005 Fortaleza Laser Radial
Bronze 2009 Karatsu Laser Radial

Anna Tunnicliffe (born October 17, 1982) is an American sailor and world-class competitor in the women's single-handed (the Laser Radial). As a member of the 2008 US Olympic team she won a gold medal in the Women's Laser Radial class.[1] In 2008, she also placed second at the women's world championship of the snipe class held in Roquetas de Mar (Spain). In 2009, she won the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Laser Radial. In 2010, she won the women's world snipe championship. In 2011, she won the ISAF Sailing World Cup.[2] She was named ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year in 2009 and 2011.[3][4]

Biography[edit]

Anna Tunnicliffe was born on October 17, 1982 in Doncaster, England. Anna's parents owned a yacht when she was a child and this is where she learned to like sailing. She and her family moved to the United States at the age of 12 and lived in Perrysburg, Ohio. There she attended Perrysburg High School and joined the North Cape Yacht Club where she raced Optimists and other small boats for the next five years. In 1999 she began sailing the Laser Radial. Her first event in this boat was at the Leiter Cup in Detroit, Michigan. Despite her small build she advanced to the Smythe Finals for her area, where she was the only woman sailing. She participated in cross country, swimming, and track at the varsity level. In her senior year she won district track championships in the 800 meter and set a new high school record of 2 minutes 17.56 seconds. After a hard decision between sailing and track, she decided to go to the Old Dominion University to study and sail. As a student at ODU she contributed greatly to the sailing community.

In January 2014, Tunnicliffe announced her retirement from Olympic Sailing after 12 years of competition.[5][6][7][8]

Awards[edit]

She helped in bringing four national championships to the school including the ICSA Women’s National Championship, and three ICSA Women’s Single-Handed championships. At ODU she competed as an A division skipper for the women’s team and B division skipper for the co-ed team during her junior year. During her senior year, she competed as an A division skipper for both teams. In her sophomore through senior years, Tunnicliffe was awarded women’s team all Americans status, and co-ed all American status in her senior year. For every year the Quantum Sailor of the Year award was given, Tunnifliffe was a finalist. The Quantum sailor of the year is an award given to the top college female sailor. She was a runner up her junior year, missing 1st by only 0.02 points, but was finally given the award in her senior year. Along with all of these accomplishments, she was one of three finalists for the ICSA sportsmanship trophy.[9]

As of now, Tunnicliffe is ranked 1st in the world for the women's singlehanded dinghy, the Laser Radial. At the 2007, US Sailing Olympic Selection Trials held in Newport and Middleton, Rhode Island, she secured a spot on the 2008 US Olympic Sailing Team.[10]

Finishes[edit]

Year Class of boat Event Location Country Finishing Place
2011 Elliott 6m - Women's Match Racing ISAF Sailing World Cup Perth AUS 1
2010 Snipe Women's worlds St. Petersburg, Florida USA 1
2009 Laser Radial ISAF Sailing World Cup 1
2008 Snipe Women's worlds Roquetas de Mar ESP 2
2007 Laser Radial - Women's One Person Dinghy USA Olympic Trials Newport, RI. USA 1
2007 Laser Radial - Women's One Person Dinghy Laser Radial Mid Winter Regatta Clearwater, Fla. USA 1
2007 Laser Radial - Women's One Person Dinghy Qingdao International Regatta - Pre-Olympics Qingdao CHN 1
2006 Laser Radial - Women's One Person Dinghy Qingdao International Regatta - Test Event Qingdao CHN 4
2006 Laser Radial - Women's One Person Dinghy Laser Radial World Championships Los Angeles USA 4
2006 Laser Radial - Women's One Person Dinghy ISAF World Sailing Games Lake Neusiedl AUT 7
2006 Laser Radial - Women's One Person Dinghy Semaine Olympique Française Hyères FRA 5
2006 Laser Radial - Women's One Person Dinghy HRH Princess Sofia Trophy Palma de Majorca, Spain ESP 4
2006 Laser Radial - Women's One Person Dinghy Laser Midwinters East Clearwater, Florida USA 2
2006 Laser Radial - Women's One Person Dinghy Laser Radial North American Championship Fort Lauderdale USA 2
2006 Laser Radial - Women's One Person Dinghy Rolex Miami OCR Biscayne Bay, Miami, Florida USA 1
2005 Laser Radial - Women's One Person Dinghy Laser Radial World Championship Fortaleza, Ceara BRA 3
2005 Match Racing - Women's Rolex Osprey Cup 2005 Petersburg, FL USA 2
2005 Laser Radial - Women's One Person Dinghy Laser Radial European Championship Split CRO 8
2005 Laser Radial - Women's One Person Dinghy Laser Atlantic Coast Championship Brant Beach, New Jersey USA 2
2005 Laser Radial - Women's One Person Dinghy Kieler Woche Baltic Sea / Kiel GER 22
2005 Laser Radial - Women's One Person Dinghy Laser Midwinters East Clearwater Yacht Club, Florida USA 2
2005 Laser Radial - Women's One Person Dinghy Rolex Miami OCR Biscayne Bay, Miami, Florida USA 2
2002 Europe - Women (Olympic Class: 1989-2004) Rolex Miami OCR Miami, Florida USA 8

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