Tyler Paige, an engineer at JR Motorsports, is competing in Tokyo at the 2021 Olympics representing the American Samoa sailing team.
Good luck to our employee, Tyler Paige, who will partake in his first Olympic race tonight as he sails for American Samoa 🇦🇸 pic.twitter.com/pAyNrXTy2G
— JR Motorsports (@JRMotorsports) July 27, 2021
At the beginning of 2020, Paige received an opportunity to join JR Motorsports as an engineer. He accepted but delayed his start date so he could continue training for qualifying races in hopes of making the Olympic team.
When sailing came to a standstill due to COVID-19 and sailing dates were rescheduled, he began working for the JR Motorsports’ NASCAR Xfinity Series teams from September to February. He is currently on a leave of absence in order to compete in the Olympics.
At 25, Paige competes for America Samoa, which is a U.S. territory of seven South Pacific islands. The sailing program has been rebuilding for the past few years, and Paige volunteered to help get the program Olympics-ready. He will compete in 10 Olympic heats alongside his teammate, Adrian Hoesch, beginning Wednesday.
Paige began sailing in his childhood and ranked as high as 20th in the world in 2015 in the men’s 470 category. In 2018, he represented the United States at the Junior 470 world championship.
Paige will return to JR Motorsports after his Olympic journey is over.