Three USA Canoe/Kayak Slalom athletes have earned a top 10 ranking in the 2008 ICF Slalom World Cup. Brett Heyl, K-1, Scott Mann, K-1, and Benn Fraker, C-1, earned this ranking through the Pan-American Continental Qualifier and the three stages of the World Cup in Prague, Tacen and Augsburg.
Brett Heyl, K-1, finished 2nd in the World Cup with a total of 117 points. Eric Pfannmoeller from Germany came in first with 133 points.
Heyl earned 50 points by placing first in the Pan-American Continental Qualifier, which was held in April at the US National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.
In the first stage of the World Cup in Prague, Brett came in 4th due to a slight touch coming out of the last upstream gate. In order to train for the last Olympic qualifying race Brett, along with most of his teammates, skipped the second stage of the World Cup in Tacen in order to have more training time in Augsburg.
During the semi-finals in Augsburg, Heyl had the fastest run of the day, with 96.92 seconds, but two gate touches put him out of contention for the finals and a spot on the Olympic Team.
Scott Mann, also a K-1 paddler, placed 8th in the Slalom World Cup with a total of 95 points. Mann finished 3rd in the Pan-American Championships in April.
Mann was also in contention for the sole K-1 spot on the US Olympic Team, and opted out of Tacen as well in order to train for Augsburg. Mann made it into the finals and finished 6th.
Benn Fraker, C-1, placed 3rd in the Slalom World Cup with a total of 121 points. Fraker came in 3rd in the Continental Qualifier and finished 5th in both Prague and Augsburg.
Fraker’s top 5 finish in Augsburg secured him a spot on the United States Olympic Team as the sole C-1 paddler to head to Beijing.
Click here for the complete list of results from the 2008 ICF Slalom World Cup.