Belcher to skipper Australian America’s Cup team 

click to enlarge Mathew Belcher
  • Bernat Armangue/2012 AP File photo
  • Olympic gold medalist Mathew Belcher will skipper the Australian America’s Cup boat in 2017.
Olympic gold medalist Mathew Belcher has been named skipper of the Australian challenge for sailing’s America’s Cup.

Belcher, who won gold in the 470 class at the 2012 London Olympics, will head Team Australia as it prepares for the next America’s Cup regatta in the United States in 2017. He also intends to defend his Olympic title in Brazil in 2016.

Team Australia also unveiled its first AC45 catamaran on Thursday and will train on Sydney Harbor this month with Cup holder Oracle Team USA, which won the America’s Cup in San Francisco in 2013.

Australia hasn’t competed at the America’s Cup since 2000 and last held the trophy in 1983 when it became the first victorious nation other than the United States.

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