Olympic sailor learned the sport on small Wisconsin lake


For Annie Haeger, a member of the U.S. Olympic sailing team, the size of the lake she learned to sail on, is no comparison for her love of the sport.

Haeger, 26, gained sailing experience from a tiny little lake which is unheard of for most in the sport.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports:

The other members of the U.S. Olympic sailing team sometimes kid Annie Haeger about her background in the sport. She learned to sail in southeastern Wisconsin, on 812-acre Lake Beulah.

It’s a pretty little lake, where anglers can dip a line and pull up bluegill and bass and kids can water ski on hot summer days.

To seasoned sailors, however, who learned to read the wind and navigate ocean swells off San Diego or Miami, idyllic Lake Beulah might as well be a puddle in the middle of nowhere.

“I’m the only person on the U.S. sailing team right now that is from the Midwest,” Haeger said. “They all joke and call it the flyover states. I wouldn’t say it’s a chip on my shoulder, but it does make me proud that that tiny little lake has produced a really good sailor.”

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