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Send-off for two San Diego Olympic sailors heading to Rio

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Team USA Sailing has two members from San Diego and on Monday the Southwestern Yacht Club Juniors Program gave them an encouraging send off to the Rio Olympics.

Both 25-year-old Caleb Paine and 27-year-old Briana Provancha grew up sailing together since the age of eight in Point Loma.

"To say that I am Olympian is amazing. It's so special to me because of all the hard work it has taken and sacrifices." said Provancha.

Paine and Provancha, who won last year's Olympic test in Rio, are considered to have the best chances to win an Olympic medal.

"You work so hard to finally getting or achieving that goal - it takes a long time to settle in really. Being able to go through this with somebody who is so close to you, it really adds to the experience and makes it that much more special," said Paine.

Nearly 20-years after they first set sail, they would not be on team USA without family and yacht friends support.

"It's not the medal that you win for us. It's just he fact that you are going and the experience that you are going to have and the life-long experience will be here to support you forever," said former Southwestern Yacht Junior Program director, Jana Odou.

The Olympians said after spending 200 days training in Rio they are not worried about Rio's political climate or health concerns. They said Rio is one of the best places to sail. They fly out to Rio out of Houston on Friday.

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