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Junior Worlds C2 Team Medal in Team Sprint

July 17, 2013

by Nate Lord

Dear Friends,

We had an excellent day of racing on the Wildwater Sprint Course here at Lofer, Austria. All of our teams rose to the occasion to post respectable times in C-1 and K-1, and our junior athletes deserve credit for working together to successfully negotiate the Technical Team Race constraints on a demanding course. However, the fun news of the day is that we placed third in the C-2 Team Sprint Race. Now, it has to be said that we won an International Medal and not a World Championship medal because we did not have the full complement of six countries competing. However, our young athletes are proud to be bringing home medals for the United States after a drought for USA Wildwater since the Charlotte, NC Jr. Worlds.

One of the cool, and perhaps historic, aspects of this race is that one of our three C-2 crews was a mixed C-2 paddled by the brother and sister duo of Selena and Bryson Popp. The team work that our athletes demonstrated on the water paddling in tight formation and negotiating challenging rapids was outstanding. It also had a genuinely international dimension because the French and Czech teams loaned us two C-2s so that we could compete and make it an official International Race. I am proud to say that we were heartily congratulated by the Czech and French coaches who see us coming to compete year after year; one coach complemented us on our progress since the last Jr. World Championship.

There has been tremendous cooperation among our athletes and all the parents here in Lofer, which certainly contributed to the success today. I am sure that one of the parents taking pictures can forward along some great shoots of all our athletes in action.

All Best Wishes...

Nate Lord

C-2 Team Race (left-to-right) Ethan Putnam, Cully Brown, Bryson Popp, Selena Popp, David McConnell, William Coggan

C-2 Team Race 1

C-2 Team Race 2

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