Maryland Olympians Update: Ashley Nee, USA Canoe/Kayak

Nee Places 28th in France

Final Recap: Slalom World Cup No. 2
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.

Click HERE for complete results from Pau, France.

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Special Olympics Maryland Summer Games

I had the pleasure of attending the Special Olympics Maryland Summer Games this weekend. Towson University was the host of this year’s event and its campus was surrounded with athletes, coaches, families and volunteers from across the state.  Opening ceremony launched on Friday, June 8 along with the traditional torch run and a block party to celebrate the start of games. Saturday began the official day of competition (excluding the cheerleading competition that took place Friday) with the kickoff of each sports event. The other summer games were composed of sporting competitions that included aquatics, track and field, bocce, and softball. Since majority of the athletes play more than one sport, the competitions continued well into Sunday.

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Q&A with Caroline Queen 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Nominee for Slalom Kayak

Press Release via Nicholas Olivier

Caroline Queen (Darnestown, Md.) qualified for her first Olympic Games Saturday with a 35th place finish in Women’s Kayak at the Slalom World Cup No. 1 in Cardiff, Wales, June 8-10. The Davidson College student edged out teammate Ashley Nee (Darnestown, Md.), who placed 37th, for the Olympic slot.

Queen and Nee arrived in Cardiff tied in Olympic selection points, but Queen earn the tiebreaker because she initially earned the Olympic slot for Team USA at the 2011 World Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia. Nee would have had to finish in the Top 20 and ahead of Queen this weekend to earn the Olympic spot for herself.

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Monster Trucks in the Endzone

When we left the paddock at M&T on Friday afternoon, Maryland was under a tornado watch from the heavy winds and violent thunderstorms — both of which dropped by that night.

But as often happens, the day after the havoc was blessed with spectacular weather –sunny and cool.   Fans flocked to Camden Yards to enjoy it with the Monster Trucks and their teams.

You can see from the crowd at the afternoon Pit Party that this is a family affair.  While the show didn’t start until 7:00, having the opportunity to visit the behemoths is the best part of the experience.  So the action here started early.

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