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USA Wildwater Has Solid Finish in 2004 World Cups

Cup Races #5 & #6 Results Below...


by John Pinyerd
USA Canoe/Kayak
Wildwater Committee Chair
jpinyerd@usawildwater.com

July 12, 2004 -- Atlanta, GA

In a bizarre twist to the 2004 World Cup Races, the Swiss organizers at Muothatal elected to move World Cup 6 (Sprint Race) from the rain swollen river to safer surroundings. In complete disregard to ICF rules (requiring Class III whitewater) and to the shock of the competitors, they choose an 8 foot wide canal! It was too much for some of the competitors. Eight-time World beater, and perhaps the greatest canoeist ever, Vladi Panato forfeited the race and his shot at winning the World Cups. Vladi just shook his head in disgust and refused to paddle the class ZERO canal. In spite of the odd twist, USA gave our best shot and finished well.

Overall, we had a very good season at the 2004 World Cups. Our men's kayak class was very solid and we have several rapidly rising stars. In his first year of racing at the senior level, Geoff Calhoun (a junior) finished the World Cups as the fastest USA K-1 and in 35th place overall. We are excited about Geoff's potential to do very well at this year's Junior Worlds.

Middy Tilghman's training in France this year paid huge dividends, as he typically split honors with Geoff as America's fastest K-1 in the World Cups and finished 37th overall. Middy was our top K-1 at the Garmisch World Championships. Veteran athlete, coach, and Wildwater Board Member, Chris Hipgrave was sick during the World Cups but still finished well at 41th place overall. Lincoln Williams has successfully made the switch from slalom to Wildwater and finished 42nd overall.

In the C-1 Class, Tom Wier continued to show why he is America's top C-1. Tom finished 19th overall in World Cups. We are also excited about huge improvement the Mike Beck has made this year and his 36th place finished.

In Woman's K-1, Kristen Beck finished 25th overall and Anne Connelly finished 26th.

WORLD CUP 5- Muothatal SUI  - CLASSIC RESULTS

Rank

Athlete

Nation

Time

 

K-1MEN

       

1

WOHLERS Florian

GER

11:33.26

 

2

MRUZEK Kamil

CZE

11:36.47

 

3

MARIE Guillaume

FRA

11:36.73

 

36

TILGHMAN Middy

USA

12:31.41

 

38

CALHOUN Geoff

USA

12:36.57

 

44

HIPGRAVE Chris

USA

12:45.41

 

47

WILLIAMS Lincoln

USA

14:29.54

 

C-1

       

1

PANATO Vladi

ITA

12:13.54

 

2

HOHNJEC Tomislav

CRO

12:16.58

 

3

LEPAN Tomislav

CRO

12:17.99

 

20

WIER Tom

USA

13:27.50

 
         

WORLD CUP 6- Muothatal SUI  - SPRINT RESULTS

Place

Athlete

Nation

Total

 

K-1 MEN

       

1

SLOVAK Tomas

CZE

02:37.98

 

2

HYBOIS Arnaud

FRA

02:40.63

 

3

KNEBEL David

CZE

02:42.45

 

36

CALHOUN Geoff

USA

02:57.95

 

40

TILGHMAN Middy

USA

02:59.31

 

43

HIPGRAVE Chris

USA

03:03.48

 

46

WILLIAMS Lincoln

USA

03:32.00

 

C-1

       

1

LEPAN Tomislav

CRO

03:11.02

 

2

HOHNJEC Tomislav

CRO

03:11.18

 

3

GOJIC Igor

CRO

03:11.66

 

17

WIER Tom

USA

03:29.97

 

John Pinyerd
USACK - Wildwater Committee Chairman
jpinyerd@usawildwater.com


John Pinyerd is Chair of the U.S. Wildwater Committee and a C-1 Wildwater racer living in Atlanta. Reach him at jpinyerd@usawildwater.com.

   

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