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Presented by USA Canoe/Kayak and the Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation, the 2014 Coaching & Leadership Conference will be held at the Oklahoma City Boathouse District in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Feb. 14-16.
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.
Do you have what it takes to Coach?
“I’m still not really sure if it’s real. It’s been such a long process, not only with this process, but the process of going to the Olympics has been a dream forever. It’s amazing that it’s actually happening. I’m tripping out. I can’t believe it.”
After a four year cycle in which they battled each other, teammates and the world, Tim Hornsby (Atlanta, Ga.) edged out Ryan Dolan (Kailua, Hawaii) in the Men’s K-1 200m B Final Sunday to clinch the lone men’s sprint kayak slot at the 2012 Olympic Games.