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U.S. sailor earns gold at French Olympic Sailing Week

US Sailing team AlphaGraphics member Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.) has won another gold medal at a major international regatta in the Laser Radial. This time around, Tunnicliffe showed her dominance in Hyères, France, site of French Olympic Sailing Week and the fourth event on the ISAF Sailing World Cup circuit. The 2008 Olympic gold medalist has now won three ISAF Sailing World Cup events.

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Tunnicliffe won the event after a slow start in the regatta. Throughout most of the week, Tunnicliffe had been gaining ground on the leaders and, in the end, she showed why she's the world's top Laser Radial sailor with a decisive performance when it mattered most. Going into today's medal race, Tunnicliffe was in second place and needed to sustain her momentum of the last few days and finish ahead of fleet leader Veronika Fenclova of the Czech Republic to take the top spot at today's medal ceremony. In the end, Tunnicliffe crossed the finish line in third place, while Fenclova finished sixth.

"It was a mentally draining week but I was able to stay focused 100 percent," said Tunnicliffe after the medal ceremony. On what helped her get the edge on the water today, Anna said: "I wanted to win. I wanted to win this regatta even before getting to France. I felt like I was in good shape going on the water today and all I needed to do was sail my own race and keep one boat between me and Veronika (Fenclova)."

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Tunnicliffe will now head back home to Plantation, Fla., for a bit of rest and to do some match racing. Next month, she will go to Medemblik, Netherlands, for the next stop on the ISAF Sailing World Cup circuit.

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