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New U.S. paddler Fabien Lefevre (Bethesda, Md.) won the Bronze medal in the Men’s Kayak (K-1) Saturday at the 2013 Slalom World Cup No. 1. The two-time Olympic medalist for France improved from 16th after heats and 5th after the semifinals with a penalty-free final run time of 89.14, which was 2.03 seconds behind the Gold medalist Fabien Doerfler of Germany.
USA Canoe/Kayak announces Stein Jorgensen as the 2012 U.S. Olympic Sprint Team, pending final approval by U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun. The two-time U.S. Olympic kayaker will coach at his first Olympic Games in London. He coached the U.S. National Team during the 2008 and 2010 seasons and has served as 2012 Olympic nominee Carrie Johnson’s personal coach on and off since 2007. In London, he will oversee sprint kayakers Johnson and Tim Hornsby.
Caroline Queen (Darnestown, Md.) placed 9th in the U23 Women’s K1 Final Sunday as the 2012 ICF Junior/U23 Slalom World Championships wrapped up in Wausau, Wis. Queen incurred one two-second touch penalty en route to a time of 135.51, which was +18.40 seconds back from the first place finisher Katerina Kudejova of Czech Republic.
Welcome, Connie Blackwood, USA Canoe/Kayak's newest member of its Board of Directors.
Jim Wade (Boise, Idaho) finished 22nd in the Men’s Kayak semifinal Saturday with a time of 97.43, +5.91 seconds behind the first place finisher in the round. Etienne Daille of France would go on to win in the final round.
USA Canoe/Kayak announces Silvan Poberaj and Rafal Smolen as 2012 U.S. Olympic Slalom Team Coaches, pending final approval by U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun. Together, Smolen and Poberaj have coached seven Olympic Games and, in 2012, they will oversee five athletes - the maximum number of slalom paddlers by one country.
Ashley Nee (Darnestown, Md.) closed out the Slalom World Cup No. 2 with a 28th place finish Sunday in the Women’s Kayak semifinal. Nee finished in 218.13, including penalties for two missed gates. Nee and the rest of Team USA will look to finish the World Cup circuit strong next weekend in La Seu d'Urgell, Spain.
“I’m a talker and I’m speechless. I don’t know what to do, I don’t know what to feel. I’m just sort of floating right now.” - Casey Eichfeld
Add two more athletes and one final boat to the nominees for 2012 U.S. Olympic Canoe/Kayak Team. Eric Hurd (Woodstock, Ga.) and Jeff Larimer (Marietta, Ga.) reached the Men’s Double Canoe (C-2) Final Sunday, where they finished 9th.
Thirteen members of the Lanier Canoe Kayak Club are currently training in Magdeburg, Germany
Periodic world disciplines update, May 2012.
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