Sept. 13, 2008
Qingdao, China -- Former UC Irvine All-American Nick Scandone won a gold medal in the SKUD-18 class at the Paralympics Saturday.
Scandone and Maureen McKinnon-Tucker clinched the gold medal Friday with two races left in the series. With the gold medal secured, the duo decided to sail one race on the final day to show their support for the rest of the fleet.
The first-time Paralympians became the first U.S. Paralympic Sailing Team to win a gold medal, while Mc Kinnon-Tucker entered the history books as the first female gold medalist in the history of the Paralympic Sailing Regatta.
Scandone is coached by UCI head coach Mike Pinckney.
HERO’S WELCOME FOR NICK SCANDONE
Orange County, CA (September 18, 2008) - United Airlines delivered precious
cargo to Orange County's John Wayne Airport this afternoon. Over 100 Balboa
Yacht Club members, friends and family welcomed home Paralympic Gold
Medallist, Nick Scandone; his wife, Mary Kate; his loyal friend and coach,
Mike Pinckney and his devoted brother, Vince (Rock).
The elevator door to the baggage claim area opened and Nick Scandone was met
with cheers, smiles, banners, balloons, American flags and flashes from lots
of cameras. Many of the crowd wore BYC T-shirts emblazoned with the navy and
orange Balboa Yacht Club burgee and the saying "Way to Go Nick" on the front
and a wire drawing of a SKUD 18 with "Scandone & McKinnon-Tucker, US Olympic
Gold Medal across the back.
It's a long flight from Beijing to LA and a short hop from LA to Orange
County and no matter what your health, it takes it toll on you. The
exhausted Gold Medal SKUD 18 crew got an energy boost from all of their fans
and showed off the Gold and Jade Medal to all. -- Complete story with