Deep Creek 2014 Announces Schedule for USA Canoe/Kayak Team Trials and Events

2013 USA Canoe/Kayak Whitewater Slalom Team Trials

Adventure Sports Center International in Deep Creek Lake, MD  will host the 2013 USA Canoe/Kayak Slalom Team Trials and Deep Creek Open on May 17-19, 2013.

Athletes from all over the US will be competing along with 3 Olympic Gold Medalists. The USACK Senior Team Trials is open to USA athletes and will serve as the selection for the 2013 National Slalom Team.

Admission is Free and there will be food, beer, great music in addition to Olympic level whitewater action.

This will be an event you won’t want to miss!

In addition to the racing Deep Creek 2014 announces these other activities:

Media Day- May 17, 11 am-2 pm

Open invitation to all regional and local media outlets to come and learn about media opportunities for the World Championships.

General presentation by Exec Director Todd Copley followed by VIP lunch at the Island Tent with brief presentation by Joe Jacobi, US gold medalist and current CEO of USA Canoe/Kayak.

Community Open House- May 18, 11-2 pm

Opportunity for local businesses, civic organizations and Garrett County general public to learn more about the prep for the Worlds and see the infrastructure improvements necessary to host a World Championship.

Presentation by Executive Director of Deep Creek 2014, Todd Copley

Children’s Adventure Series and Kids Day at The Races- May 19, 11 am-2 pm

Chance to meet and see Olympic athletes and paddlers.
Get a great overview of the sport of Slalom Canoe and Kayak.

Free admission
Free Hotdogs and drinks
Access to the Island
Pictures with U.S. athletes

Come out to enjoy the fun action!

Olympians head to Maryland!

Pictured R-L, Casey Eichfeld, Jeff Larimer, Scott Parsons, Caroline Queen, Eric Hurd

The 2012 U.S. Olympic team members for Canoe/Kayak Slalom will be coming to the Adventure Sports Center International (ASCI) for the Deep Creek Open and the U.S. National Championships being held September 8-9.   There are 80 countries (with over 1000 elite athletes) in the world with slalom programs; of those, only 30 qualified at least 1 athlete for the Olympics; of those 30 countries – only 9 had talented enough athletes to be able to compete in all four classes.   The United States was one of those 9 countries.  Additionally of the five Olympic athletes, two are from Maryland – Caroline Queen and Scott Parsons and a third, Casey Eichfeld has spent considerable time here, training and being a raft guide at ASCI.  Admission to the races is free and spectators are welcome to come and meet the athletes and cheer them on as they compete at ASCI.

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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Marylanders Shine in First Day of Olympic Trials for Canoe Slalom

Reporting somewhat live from Charlotte, North Carolina is Suzanne- one of the leads on the Deep Creek 2014 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championship.

Thursday, April 12th

Lots of excitement here in Charlotte, where 75 athletes are competing to achieve their life long dream of representing their country on the biggest stage of all – the Olympics.  The Road to London comes down to this competition paired with the World Cup in Cardiff Wales in early June.

There are four available Olympic slots – women’s kayak (WK-1), men’s kayak (K-1), men’s canoe (C-1), and men’s double canoe (C-2). The current leaders for two of these call Maryland home.  In a kayak, the paddler sits in the boat and uses a 2-bladed paddle and in a canoe, the paddler sits and uses a single blade paddle.  Both are closed deck boats.

Caroline Queen (Darnestown, Md.) continues her airtight competition with Ashley Nee (Darnestown, Md.). Queen finished with the top overall time in Women’s K1 – a second run time of 124.28, 1.20 seconds faster than Nee’s top time.

Two-time Olympian Scott Parsons (Bethesda, Md.) currently leads the pack by 2.5 seconds in the ultra competitive Men’s K1 class after turning in a second run time of 100.24.

Additionally, Casey Eichfeld (Part-time, McHenry, Md.) is making a strong showing in both C-1 and C-2.

I can’t wait to see what kind of speed we will see today by these amazing athletes who make slicing through the water seem so effortless.

This is my first visit to the whitewater course here in Charlotte. It is a pretty cool facility with lots of activities other than whitewater. The course itself is a traditional manmade course, with high concrete embankments – a sharp contrast to my home course at the Adventure Sports Center International (ASCI) located in Garrett County; where the course not only sits on a mountaintop, but utilized the over 40 million pounds of rock excavated to make the riverbed.

Inside or Out, Winter Sports Thrive in Maryland

The ice and snow our region received this past weekend was a welcome sight for some athletes, but it didn’t leave other athletes out in the cold, either. On Saturday, the University of Maryland track and field team hosted its annual Terrapin Invitational indoor track and field meet at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex. Twenty-three collegiate teams competed in the all-day event.

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Impressions from the World Championships

Terry was part of the Deep Creek 2014 Delegation that attended the 2011 Canoe Slalom World Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia. He went with the folks from Maryland and USA Canoe Kayak. Today we have another guest blog from Suzanne Nicolas, Event and Special Groups Coordinator at Adventure Sports Center International in Deep Creek and member of the leadership team for Deep Creek 2014!

The 2011 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships are over, and it was such an incredible experience on so many levels. The “Wow” factor of watching athletes compete at the Super Bowl of Whitewater was compounded by the pressure of claiming a spot for their country in the 2012 London Olympics next year.  This was summed up by a huge banner that was placed at water level, just before the athletes paddled to the start line, reading, “Your Ticket to London”.  The US Team’s Carolyn Queen and Scott Parson’s both secured boats for the US in Women and Men’s kayak.

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