Caleb Paine, the only American sailor to win a medal in the previous two Olympics, said he is ending his campaign for the postponed Tokyo Games to focus on the America's Cup.
Paine, of San Diego, rallied to win bronze in the Finn class at the 2016 Rio Games. That came after the Americans were shut out of the medals four years earlier at the London Games.
He said he has been talking with family members and mentors since the Tokyo Games were postponed a year due to the coronavirus pandemic and called it a "very difficult decision.''
After medaling at Rio, Paine was named US Sailing's Rolex Yachtsman of the Year, the highest honor awarded to an American sailor annually. Paine is a five-time World Cup medalist and recently won gold at the 2020 Hempel World Cup Series Miami. Paine is a crewman with American Magic, the New York Yacht Club's entry in the 36th America's Cup.
Competition is currently scheduled to begin with a preliminary regatta in mid-December in Auckland, New Zealand. Two preliminary regattas in Europe were canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.