Kevin A. Hall '91
Hometown: Ventura, CA
Year Inducted: 2008
Organized sailing began at Brown in 1894, and in the century-plus since there have been many sailors who have distinguished themselves on the water during their college days and beyond. Six of those athletes have been named to the Brown Athletic Hall of Fame, but none can come close to matching the sustained lifetime sailing accomplishments of Kevin Hall ’91.
Hall began sailing at the age of five, and earned his first World Championship (IYRU World Youth Singlehanded Sailing Champion) at age 16. He followed it up a year later with his win of the 1987 U.S. Youth Doublehanded Sailing Championship, as crew.
While attending Brown, he had just as much success, earning All-American status in 1988, 1989 and 1991, and competing on the U.S. Sailing team in 1989-1990. Then, during his senior year competing with the Bears, he was diagnosed with cancer. After surgery, he finished his degrees in mathematics and French literature, graduated with honors, and won the Laser North American Championships – all in 1991.
For his first bid at an Olympic berth, he sailed a Finn in the 1992 Olympic Team Trials and finished eighth. Although the cancer reappeared and resulted in two more surgeries (a major operation in December, 1992; with the third surgery in January, 1993), when he was two years recovered, Hall returned to competition. The start of his phenomenal comeback came in March of 1995 when he beat 43 other sailors to win the Laser event at the 1995 Alamitos Bay Yacht Club Olympic Classes Regatta, which was followed by his win of the Laser North Americans in a fleet of 89 boats.
In 1996, he finished in fifth at the 1996 Olympic Trials, and less than a year later, he switched not only to a different boat, but to a different position in his Olympic quest.
As crew for Morgan Larson, they pooled their considerable individual talents to take on the newest Olympic class – the 49er – which would make its debut in Sydney. Over the next four years the pair would win the bronze medal three times at the 49er World Championships (’99, ’98, ’97), along with the North American Championship title in 1999, only to finish second at the 2000 Olympic Team Trials.
Hall went on to represent the United States in the Finn class at the 2004 Olympics in Greece, finishing 11th overall.
Hall is married to Amanda Rosenberg ’94 M.D., and resides in New Zealand with their three children.