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Annapolis windsurfer qualifies for Olympics
The Capital, March 29, 2012, By Bill Wagner
Annapolis sailor Farrah Hall has officially qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics, being hosted by London. Hall had already earned the right to represent the United States in female RS:X Windsurfing class through her
performance at a series of regattas. However, the U.S. had not secured one of 28 slots in the Olympic sailing regatta in that particular discipline. Read more... (PDF)

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Annapolis Windsurfer Closes in on Securing Olympic Berth
The Capital, October 26, 2011, By Bill Wagner
Annapolis resident Farrah Hall is one step away from earning the lone United States berth in women's windsurfing class for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London Hall's performance last week in the waters off MExico shows she can compete successfully on an international stage. Read more... (PDF)

Farrah Hall tilts her sail for London
espnW, August 19, 2011, By Elaine K. Howley
As Farrah Hall, 30, of Annapolis, Md., pursues an Olympic berth in the RS:X women's windsurfing she
faces a distinct disadvantage: She's American. That might not be the typical storyline for an athlete hailing from the land of opportunity, but in the sport of windsurfing, the rest of the world is well ahead of the U.S. in terms of international rankings and youth development leagues. Many Americans do not even know that windsurfing is an Olympic sport, which it has been since 1984, grouped under sailing's umbrella of events. While the U.S. may lag behind other countries in producing top sailors, Hall is driving hard toward the 2012 Games in London. Read more... (PDF)

Bay Sailors Make 2009 U.S. Olympic Sailing Team
SpinSheet, April 2009
U.S. Sailing has announced the 2008 U.S. Sailing Team Alpha Graphics (USSTAG), which includes Annapolis sailor Bryan Boyd (third place in the Finn class) and Annapolis windsurfer Farrah Hall (first in RS:X, Windsurfer class). Read more... (PDF)

U.S.O.C. Asks US Sailing to Change Hearing Procedures
New York Times, February 25, 2009, By Chris Museler
It has been more than a year since the American windsurfer Farrah Hall lost the Olympic trials when a competitor was placed ahead of her by a postrace ruling. But a complaint she filed with the United States Olympic Committee contesting the decision was settled in her favor last week, sparking an international debate over the autonomy of national sports authorities and litigation in sports. Read more... (PDF)

USOC: US Sailing Blew it With Hall Ruling
Baltimore Sun, February 24, 2009, By Candus Thomson
The decision to yank Annapolis sailor Farrah Hall from the Beijing Olympic team in favor of Nancy Rios never passed the sniff test. Lame excuses by US Sailing about its unilateral ruling in October 2007 only made things worse. Read more... (PDF)

Hall Hopes to Catch Sail to China
USAToday, April 3, 2008, By Janice Lloyd
Farrah Hall said it was so cold when she was practicing Saturday she thought she had hypothermia. The thing is Hall is training for the Summer Olympics — not the Winter Games. Hall's path to the Olympics is anything but normal. Read more... (PDF)

Hall Has One Last Chance At Olympics
The Washington Post, March 21, 2008, By Angus Phillips
In a remarkable reversal, the Olympic Sailing Committee announced it will reopen a protest hearing from October that resulted in the ouster of an Annapolis sailor from the U.S. team. Farrah Hall, 27, won the trials in Long Beach, Calif., last fall, but was stripped of the Olympic berth by a protest panel 90 minutes later. Read more... (PDF)

Rios Secures Spot But Who Will Race?
Universal Sports, January 24, 2008, By Dave Ungrady
USA Sailing felt a breeze of relief Sunday at the RS:X world championships when American Nancy Rios finished in 60th place. On the surface, that result does not seem overly impressive. Read more... (PDF)

An Olympic Dream, Claimed by 2 Women
New York Times, December 26, 2007, By Chris Museler
Two of the top Americans in women’s windsurfing are packing their wetsuits this week and traveling to New Zealand to compete in the RS:X world championships as part of their training for the Beijing Summer Olympic Games. Read more... (PDF)

Thrill of Victory to Agony of Redress
The Capital, October 24, 2007, By Bill Wagner
Anyone who has ever mounted an Olympic campaign knows how difficult it can be. Lack of funding, minimal support and the fact that the United States gets just one representative per class makes the odds of earning an Olympic berth extremely long. Read more... (PDF)

Olympic Hopeful Ranks No. 1 in America in Windsurfing
The Capital, July 25, 2007, By Wendi Winters
Farrah Hall, 25, the windsurfer who is hoping to represent the United States in the 2008 Summer Olympics in China, is now ranked No. 1 in America in RS:X windsurfing. Read more... (PDF)

Bay People: Farrah Hall
SpinSheet, November 2002, By Jane DeLashmutt
The Athens 2002 Regatta, the first of the Olympic test events, was held August 12-25 at the Agios Kosmas Olympic Sailing Center on the Saronic Gulf in Athens, Greece. 507 sailors from 40 countries competed in this event; of those sailors, the United States had the largest contingency, with 43 sailors racing in eight different classes and ten events. Among them was 22 year-old Farrah Hall of Annapolis, the only American to sail in the women's Mistral event. Read more... (PDF)




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