IAN BARROWS grew up in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands where he began his sailing career in Optis. Having a knack for the sport, he quickly transitioned to 420s and expanded into other classes including Lasers and Bytes. He competed nationally in High School competitions and internationally on the youth sailing stage. These experiences led him to several career highlights, including a gold medal at the Youth Olympic games in the Byte class. He graduated from Yale in 2017 with a degree in Economics, where he and his older brother Thomas both competed for Yale Sailing. Ian is a four-time collegiate All-American and was awarded as the College Sailor of the Year.

 

For this journey to Tokyo, Ian is inspired by his brother Thomas who has been to two Olympic games in 2008 and 2016.

 

MITCHELL KISS grew up in Holland, Michigan where he learned to sail beginning at age 8. Starting in the optimist and quickly transitioning to the Laser, Mitchell began competing internationally with eyes on the podium from a young age.  He was supported by families and coaches who promoted international competition. A diligent work ethic allowed him to achieve what he set his mind to. Highlights of Mitchell’s sailing accomplishments include twice being named as the US representative to the ISAF Youth World Championships, twice winning High School National Championships and US Youth Championships in the Laser and Laser Radial classes, and finishing in the top 5 of 5 different Laser Radial World Championships. After his youth sailing career, he went to Yale where he graduated with a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering and competed for Yale Sailing alongside his sister, Morgan. Mitchell was recognized as a college All American honorable mention twice and All American Skipper in 2017, as well as served as the Yale Co-Ed Sailing Team Captain in 2016.