Perdomo Named Youth Olympic Games Sailing Athlete Role Model

Perdomo Named Youth Olympic Games Sailing Athlete Role Model

Perdomo is one-of-28 ARMs to take part in the 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games (photo courtesy ICARUS Sailing Media).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Freshman Juan Carlos Perdomo of the No. 17 Harvard coed sailing team has been named an Athlete Role Model for the 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China August 16-28 the International Sailing Federation Association announced Monday.

Perdomo joins 28 experienced sailors as an ARM to look to transfer his knowledge and experience to the next wave of youth champions and Olympic heroes. He will play a key role in supporting, mentoring and offering advice to the 100 young sailors racing across four events on Jinniu Lake.

The Miami, Fla., local boasts a number of prestigious honors on his sailing resume as he made history at the 43rd ISAF World Championships in 2013 as the first Puerto Rican sailor to win the laser radial division. Perdomo also finished first at the Laser Standard Junior World Championships in 2011 and was a crucial part of the IODA Optimist Team Racing World Champion team in 2008.

During his first collegiate campaign at Harvard Perdomo became the first freshman in Crimson history to capture the Griswold Trophy at the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association Singlehanded Championships with his runner-up performance of 74 points. He captured New England Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association Sailor of the Week accolades for his second-place finish at the singlehanded championships.

Perdomo and the Crimson return to action this weekend for three different races.

Check out Perdomo's remarks and reaction to serving as an ARM at the 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games.