CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Juan Maegli ’15, Enrique Arathoon ’17, and Stefano Peschiera ’18 will all compete this calendar year in the Men’s Laser course sailing function at the 2020 Summertime Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.
The 3 hope to be part of the ranks of former University of Charleston Olympians and silver medalists Jim Brady (Barcelona 1992) and John C. Lovell (Athens 2004).
“The push and dedication needed to make it to the Games in the Laser is definitely tricky to fathom,” Director of Sailing Kevin Jewett reported. There will be 30+ boats in their fleet, all peak athletes representing their countries and combating for the podium. 3 of them share a bond that ties them further than borders and that is quite exclusive.”
Maegli will be earning his fourth consecutive journey to Olympics this summertime right after inserting eighth in the Rio 2016 Olympics. Maegli gained the 2013 Everett B. Morris Trophy as the College Sailor of the Calendar year.
Arathoon will depict El Salvador right after positioning 24 in Rio. He will be the 1st sailor to depict El Salvador at two Olympic Online games when activities begin this summer season.
“I am from Guatemala City and have lived there all my everyday living,” Arathoon stated. “My mom is from El Salvador, so I have dual citizenship and selected to depict El Salvador for sailing.
Arathoon is Guatemala Town native, and will stand for El Salvado via his mom.
“We are a compact state and obtaining the pleasure of symbolizing El Salvador in two Olympic Games is a excellent honor. It is also a responsibility and dedication to characterize all Salvadorans, a nation that has endured from violence. I want to show that there are great items occurring there much too, and as athletes we can set an instance for the youth.”
Peschiera positioned 31 in the Rio Olympics, and following getting a 6-thirty day period split, he is making a comeback at the behest of his household.
“It was rough due to the fact I went to my first Olympic Video games with a large amount of expectation, knowing that I had the prospective,” Peschiera said. “Not achieving my objectives, and immediately after placing myself beneath so considerably strain and generating so lots of requires of myself, led me to make a hurried determination.”
Peshiera helped the College of Charleston group capture their eighth Fowle Trophy and turned the fifth sailor to get the Everett B. Morris Trophy as University Sailor of the 12 months. The Peru indigenous also received the 2017 ICSA Men’s Singlehanded National Championship.
“I took 6 months off, completed my reports and later my relatives confident me to return. This activity runs by my veins. My 1st celebration immediately after my comeback was great, without any stress, and that enthusiastic me to start off my campaign to [the 2020 Olympic Games in] Tokyo,” Peschiera provides.
Very pleased Cougar enthusiasts can hope to see their athletes at the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo Game titles airing Friday, July 23 at 7:30 P.M. on NBC, when Maegli, Arathoon and Peschiera just take goal for what could be the Cougars’ third Olympic medal.
The three will compete in the 33-guy area Men’s Laser course level of competition on Sunday, July 25, and the medal race will get put on Sunday, August 1.