For Cy Thompson ’11, the Hawks’ most decorated sailor, 2011 was a banner year. After playing a sizable role in his team’s national championship victory, Thompson’s Team Minor Threat won the U.S. Team Race National Championship to capture sailing’s much-coveted Hinman Trophy. He earned his third All-American honor and was named Roger Williams University’s Male Athlete of the Year for a second time – both firsts for the University. But the icing on the cake came just before the New Year, when Thompson qualified the U.S. Virgin Islands for the London 2012 Olympics.
Thompson – who was also the University’s first athlete to win an individual national championship when he aced the 2008 ICSA Men’s Singlehanded Championship, a title he almost reclaimed in 2010, taking second instead – credits his time on the RWU sailing team with keeping his tactical skills sharp for his post-graduate endeavors.
“At the time, I didn’t really process all of the accomplishments,” he says. “You just keep racing hard, and it was all for Roger Williams.”
As he prepares for the Olympics, Thompson says he will compete in as many races as possible from Florida to Mexico and on the European world circuit in the spring. He’s focused on physical conditioning – and fundraising. Thompson says that though he’s qualified for the Olympic Games, actually competing in London will depend on financial support from his family, friends and fans.
“It’s going to be a lot of sacrifice and hard work and supporting me financially. Everyone knows it’s going to be a tough road, but when it comes time to walk in the Opening Ceremony as an athlete representing my country, it will all be worth it.”
To support Thompson's Olympic journey, visit http://www.cythompsonsailing.com/.
For more on the Roger Williams University Sailing Team, read "Team Conquers All" on Page 20 of RWU Magazine Issue #6 / Spring 2012.