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Hugh Freund

Paralympian 2016

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South Freeport, ME


Waynflete School (Portland, Maine) ‘07 Roger Williams University ’11, Architecture

classification: Sonar

Freund was diagnosed with bone cancer, and lost his leg while still a student. During his time attending Roger Williams University, his college head coach, Amanda Callahan, suggested that he pursue Paralympic sailing. Callahan had done an Olympic campaign with Betsy Alison, the U.S. Sailing Team Head Paralympic Coach, and was familiar with the world of adaptive sailing....Son of Dan and Julie Freund…Has one brother, Jacob…Hobbies include hiking, skiing, island hopping and sailing…Joined up with Beijing 2008 Paralympian and Disabled World Champion Rick Doerr in the Sonar class, and quickly qualified for the national team…Brad Kendell joined them shortly afterwards, and together the team of Doerr, Kendell and Freund have won seven Sailing World Cup medals over two Paralympic four-year cycles.
  • One-time Paralympian (2016); One-time medalist (1 silver)
  • Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, silver (three-person Sonar)
  • Most recent: 2016 – Gold (Sonar)
  • Years of Participation: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Medals: 1 (1 gold)
  • Gold – 2016 (Sonar)

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