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Teen hopes to set sail for 2016 Olympics

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CLEARWATER (FOX 13) -

The Bay Area sailing and windsurfing community has a long-standing appreciation for the Clearwater Community Sailing Center.

Now, the Sand Key location goes national. The sailing center becomes a training center for United States athletes. A training camp is already scheduled for May 2nd and 3rd for a dozen of the country's top youth sailors.

Sailing Center board member Frank Chivas says this new national training center status means a great deal to the community.

"As you can see today, the wind's blowing here, it's just a great facility and now we're being recognized throughout the international sailing community," he said.

Seventeen-year-old Jonathan Rudich is working for one of windsurfing's ultimate recognitions: an Olympic Gold medal. He won a spot on the United States Sailing Team this spring. |

"I'm just really happy about it. I mean I guess it's just shows what hard work and determination do," he said.

Jonathan learned how to windsurf at CCSC summer camp four years ago. Britt Viehman got him on a board then; and now, Britt coaches Jonathan on his Olympic Campaign for 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.

"I think it's awesome that he's made the U.S. Sailing Team," Viehman said. "I'm very impressed and I'm very excited about it."

Coach Viehman says Jonathan is constantly working to raise his game.

"Every time he goes out, he's always looking to improve a little bit and thinks about it and says, 'hey, you know if I do this, am I gonna be able to be faster or do this a little better?' He's always right there and very determined to do more and that's exciting to see," Viehman said.

Jonathan enjoys the rush of finding even a little more speed every time he hits the water.

"It's awesome. It's kind of like an 'ah-ha moment.' You're like, ‘oh sweet I just got a little bit better just like right then' and you just kind of keep trying to replicate that and put that into your technique," he says.

Jonathan embraces the opportunity to train with the nation's best at the Clearwater Sailing Center, because making waves alongside the best will only make him better.

"I just really love it and it's just something I'm always thinking about," he says. "I'm always like 'I wanna go windsurfing!' or I'm thinking about what I want to improve on. And I think it's that kind of borderline obsession is what I guess makes me skilled."

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