Excelsior sailor Erik Bowers, the 2016 U.S. Olympic Sailing Team Alternate for the Rio Games in the men’s Laser class, has refocused his plans and is moving forward, with his sights set on the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
Bowers placed second in the country last year in the combined two-regatta Olympic Team Selection Trials, behind Charlie Buckingham from Newport Beach, California. In the Olympic Laser class, only one sailor can officially represent the United States. Teammate Buckingham scooped up that honor and placed 11th at the Rio Olympics.
Having relocated to Long Beach, California for training purposes, Bowers continues to pursue his craft by training alongside teammate Chris Barnard. Both sailors are working with a new coach, Canadian Chris Dold, and are currently preparing for the Laser World Championship Sept. 12-19 in Croatia.
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