June 2, 2005 -- Bala, Wales
Wildwater World Cup Final, Bala Wales. At the completion of this years World Cup
circuit in England, Ireland and Wales, the USA Wildwater Team will be returning home
with a slue of medals. The USA Wildwater Team was selected at the USA Wildwater Team
Trials on the Nantahala River in March. The 2005 Wildwater Team was made up of athletes
from all over the country. The 2005 wildwater athletes are:
Andrew McEwan – Auburn CA; Geoff Calhoun – Bethesda MD; Chris Hipgrave – Bryson City NC;
Rob Murphy – Atlanta GA; Bern Collins – Columbus NC; Tom Weir – Snohomish WA;
John Pinyerd – Atlanta GA; Mike Beck – Sebastian FL;
World Cups 1 and 2 on the Trent and Washburn rivers saw solid performances by Weir and
Calhoun. Unfortunately the polluted waters of the Trent slowed several athletes down
following the race, sending a few athletes from other teams to the hospital.
World Cups 3 & 4 in Ireland saw solid performances from Team USA once again. On the
Team Race at the end of the event the USA C1 Team brought home the Bronze, narrowly
missing out of silver by only 9 seconds.
With solid momentum now behind the team we move to Bala, Wales and the site of the 1995
and 2006 World Championships and the site of next year’s inaugural Masters Worlds. In
the World Cup event Calhoun again threw down a solid sprint performance further demonstrating
his sprinting ability. McEwan also had a solid performance in the classic anchoring his
position as the USA’s fastest long distance specialist.
The Masters event would be a test event for the following year. Athletes past and present
came to compete, boosting numbers to a record high. The classic only race would use the same
course as the World Cups. At the end of the day, the USA would do very well bringing home
four medals including a bronze from our Junior Wildwater Team Coach, Maurizio Tognacci.
The event was huge fun for all included and next years Masters Worlds promises to be a
very fun and well-attended event.
USA Medalist’s – 2005 Wildwater World Cups
|USA C1 Team (Tom Weir & Mike Beck)||Bronze||C1||Team Race||World Cup 3/4, Ireland|
|John Pinyerd||Silver||C1||Masters||Masters Pre-Worlds, Wales|
|Bern Collins||Bronze||K1||Masters (55+)||Masters Pre-Worlds, Wales|
|Chris Hipgrave||Bronze||K1||Masters||Masters Pre-Worlds, Wales|
|Maurizio Tognacci||Bronze||K1||Masters (45+)||Masters Pre-Worlds, Wales
For more information on the USA Wildwater program please visit www.usawildwater.com