#TheWorldIsHere

The hashtag says it all: for one week the world was HERE in MARYLAND for the Deep Creek 2014 International Canoe Federation(ICF) Slalom World Championships. “The World Is Here” is the most unique slogan that could have represented such a large event happening in one of the most discrete parts of our state. Located in McHenry, the Deep Creek Lake area is over 3,900 acres of pure beauty and has always been a place of wonder with little recognition, but not any more. With thousands of visitors from the United States and abroad, the world has finally discovered a little place that if allowed could become an outdoor sports mecca.
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Update: Deep Creek 2014

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Host Venue of the 2014 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships

On April 15, 2011, Deep Creek Lake was selected as the host for the 2014 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships, marking the 25th year anniversary of the 1989 World Championships that were held in Garrett County. This is only the second time in history this event has been held in the United States.

What exactly is Canoe Slalom? Canoe Slalom is one of the most exciting sports in water. Paddlers have to make their way down a 300 meter white water rapid and race through a series of gates. These gates are made up of red and green poles and determine the direction that the paddlers must past through. Not only must the teams race through these gates, but also battle the white water rapids of waves to finish in the quickest time. There are five categories that Canoe Slalom paddlers compete in. Both men and women race in Kayak single and the Canoe single event, men can also race in Canoe double event.

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ICF Coming to America!

DeepCreek2014Mark_withtaglineThe world’s sporting eyes will be drawn to Maryland’s Garrett County September 16-21, 2014 as Deep Creek 2014 hosts the International Canoe Federation’s (ICF) Canoe Slalom World Championships!

This event will be the largest international inbound sporting event in the United States in 2014. Over 1,500 athletes and support staff representing over 40 countries will be calling Maryland home for a week and in some cases longer. These athletes will be watched by over 30,000 spectators. TV cameras will tell Maryland’s story to a worldwide audience – this is truly a unique opportunity in sports.

The Adventure Sports Center International or as we call it ASCI will be the epicenter of the whitewater paddle sport world for five days in September 2014.  Maryland, the region and Garrett County have a chance of a lifetime to show the international community how beautiful, how entrenched, how hospitable and dedicated, how hard-working, how we deliver however more importantly how shine and present ourselves on the world stage.

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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.