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U.S. Sailing sends off Olympic team in style

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The United States Sailing Association hosted a send-off party at the Houston Yacht Club on July 27.

The U.S. Olympic sailing athletes enjoyed their last day in the U.S. with all of their supporters that attended the party. 

"Athletes were fully engaged with the crowd, signing posters, signing t-shirts, providing guidance to the young sailors and generally taking in the enthusiasm of the crowd that was there supporting them," Josh Adam, managing director of U.S. Sailing, told NBCOlympics.com.

And what better way to remember a once-in-a-lifetime Olympic send-off than to document it and share it with their fans on social media.

Adams summarized the speech made to the Houston Yacht Club crowd and athletes: "Starting today, the day that [athletes were processed] and became part of Team USA, members of the [U.S.] Olympic sailing team trade in their sail numbers for the letters U-S-A."

"This team is very proud to go and represent our country in the Olympic Games," he added. 

The Olympic sailing team continued to relish the day after they arrived at the Team USA athlete processing center in Houston.

"Athletes started off with a Team USA ambassador program, where former Olympians, like Carl Lewis walked [the U.S. Olympic sailing team] through the experience of being an Olympian and the responsibility of being an Olympian and they spent hours collecting an amazing set of gear for Team USA." Adams said.

Quick stop for an official Team USA headshot.

Years of hard work, training and dedication comes down to the events happening this month in Rio.

And off they went. The majority of the 2016 U.S. Olympic sailing team arrived in Rio the morning of July 29; Marion Lepert arrived earlier in the week.

But this is just the beginning...



Selfie break.

Oh, one last thing: Happy birthday, Stu McNay!

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