- Written by Jaime Elliott
Mimi Roller, left in photo, with sailing partner Kayla McComb, center, hold on as they try to avoid a collision during a race.
Since posting solid performances at several European regattas this spring, Olympic hopefuls Mayumi “Mimi” Roller and Kayla McComb jumped in the world rankings from 52 to 36 place, just six shy of being among the coveted top 30 in the world.
“The top 30 teams are invited to all the World Cup regattas and the next 10 have to qualify to enter them,” said Roller, who is home in Coral Bay for a few weeks before heading back to Europe for a regatta in the Netherlands later this month.
Roller is hoping to sail in her second Olympic Games in Brazil in 2016. She represented the U.S. Virgin Islands in London 2012, where she walked in the opening ceremony before she raced a Laser Radial.
For her Summer Olympic Games in Brazil bid, Roller has joined with fellow St. Mary’s College of Maryland alumnae McComb and switched to a 49er FX rig.
Brazil will be first Olympic Games to feature the class, which is similar to the men’s 49er Olympic Skiff class but with a smaller sail area.
Roller and McComb have been practicing and competing in regattas across the globe and their work has begun to pay off.
“The new world rankings came out and we are 36,” said Roller. “That is the highest we’ve ever been ranked. Even when I was racing lasers my highest world ranking was 49. So this is really exciting.”