Debbie Capozzi ('03) Among 21 US Olympic Team Members Honored At The White House

July 25, 2008
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

July 25, 2008

WASHINGTON, DC--Debbie Capozzi (Bay Port, NY.) was one of 21 US Olympic and Paralympic Athletes headed to this year's games to be honored at the White House by President George W. Bush on July 21st. The occasion was a Rose Garden Celebration, followed by a formal dinner with The President and Mrs. Bush.

"I am very lucky to have received this invitation to take part in such an amazing memorable day," said Capozzi. " There are many people who I would like to thank who have worked hard to make this happen. I would like to thank US Sailing, the US Olympic Committee, the staff at the White House, The President and Mrs. Bush for the invitation, and my teammates, and my supporters for making this experience possible.

Debbie Capozzi won the Yngling World Chamionships and the ISAF Women's Match Racing worlds in 2005. She also ranked number #1 on the US. Sailing team in the Yngling Class 2005-08. She had three top five finishes this year, including a first at the Women's Match-Racing Championships in Annapolis, MD., and second at the French Olympic Sailing Week in Hyeres, France.

She placed fourth in the Yngling Women's World Championships in Miami. Capozzi earned Collegiate All-American honors at ODU in 2003. She will be competing in the Yngling class in Beijing.