- Associated Press - Friday, February 12, 2016

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) - Paris Henken of Coronado, California, and Helena Scutt of Kirkland, Washington, qualified for the U.S. Olympic sailing team in the 49erFX, the women’s double-handed skiff.

The Rio de Janeiro Olympics will be the first for both Henken, 20, and Scutt, 23, who won bronze at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto.

Henken and Scutt qualified based on their performance at two major events, the Sailing World Cup Miami in January and the 49erFX World Championship this week in Clearwater. While two days of racing remain at the Worlds, Henken and Scutt have clinched the selection series due to their strong results over the opening races.

Scutt was seriously injured in a collision at the 2013 49erFX Worlds.

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