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USA Wildwater Brings Home the Medals

by Roger Wyatt

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)BronzeC1Team RaceWorld Cup 3/4, Ireland
John PinyerdSilverC1MastersMasters Pre-Worlds, Wales
Bern CollinsBronzeK1Masters (55+)Masters Pre-Worlds, Wales
Chris HipgraveBronzeK1MastersMasters Pre-Worlds, Wales
Maurizio TognacciBronzeK1Masters (45+)Masters Pre-Worlds, Wales

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