Paris Henken

Paris started sailing in the Naple Sabot at the age of 6 in Dana Point, California. After following the footsteps of her two older brothers, Hans and Sterling Henken, her family moved to Coronado, California because the love for the sport grew in her family. After the Sabot, she moved into the 29er which is where her love for skiffs began. She competed in many World Championships, including winning silver fleet in the 2009 29er Lake Garda Worlds at the age of 13. She also won the 2011 Youth Championships as one of the only female skippers in the fleet.

The Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition

Around her high school graduation, the 49erFX was named to be part of the 2016 Olympics Games in Rio and from there she knew that going to the Games was the dream. She ended up postponing her college education after one semester at College of Charleston. She competed in the 2015 Pan American Games winning the bronze medal and competed in the 2016 Rio Games with Helena Scutt finishing 10th overall.

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After the 2016 Olympics, Paris went back to College of Charleston for 2 years and was named women’s Honorable All-American her first year back and women’s All-American the year after. She helped her Charleston sailing team win Coed Fleet Race Nationals and the Team Race Nationals in 2016. The following year her team got 2nd at the Coed Fleet Race Nationals, won the Team Race Nationals again, and as a women’s skipper tied for 1st losing the tie breaker for Women’s Fleet Race Nationals. As well the Charleston sailing team won the Fowle Trophy as the Best All-Around College Sailing Team in the nation in 2016 and 2017.

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She has now decided to take another leave of absence from College of Charleston to team up with Anna to set sights on winning a gold at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. After the Games, she plans on going back school to finish her B.S. in Exercise Science.