July 12 – USA Canoe/Kayak is proud to announce the final members of the Flatwater Sprint Team headed for the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece. Andy Bussey, Benjie Lewis and Bartosz Wolski join a talented U.S. team.
Bussey is a 25 year-old paddler from Kailua, Hawaii. He made the team by virtue of a camp held to decide Jeff Smoke’s partner in the K-2 1,000m, a spot Smoke and Rami Zur qualified at the Continental Olympic Qualifier in Curitiba, Brazil this past May. Zur subsequently decided not to paddle in this event and focus his efforts on the K-1 500m and 1,000m.
USA Canoe/Kayak was informed by the International Canoe Federation two weeks ago that the U.S. had the option to enter two additional athletes in the K-2 500m in Athens, an event not qualified in Brazil but was granted by virtue of Bartosz Wolski and Angel Perez’s performance at the 2003 World Championships.
Bartosz Wolski, a 24-year-old paddler from New Britain, Conn., was immediately nominated for this spot based on his performance at the Olympic Team Trials held in Oakland, California, this past April.
Angel Perez, a 2000 Olympian and Wolski’s partner in the Olympic Team Trials, declined his position in this boat, and a camp was held to determine Wolski’s partner in Athens.
Benjie Lewis, a 21-year-old paddler from Aventura, Florida, was nominated to be Wolski’s partner based on his performance at this camp.
Bussey, Lewis, and Wolski join Rami Zur, Jeff Smoke, Jordan Malloch, Nate Johnson, Carrie Johnson, Kathy Colin, Marie Mijalis, and Lauren Spalding as the U.S. Flatwater Sprint Olympic Team.
Listed below are the events in which each athlete will participate.
Andy Bussey: K-2 1,000m
Kathryn Colin: K-2W 500m, K-4W 500m
Carrie Johnson: K-1W 500m, K-4W 500m
Nate Johnson: C-2 500m, C-2 1,000m
Benjie Lewis: K-2 500m
Jordan Malloch: C-2 500m, C-2 1,000m
Marie Mijalis: K-4W 500m
Lauren Spalding: K-2W 500m, K-4W 500m
Jeff Smoke: K-2 1,000m
Bartosz Wolski: K-2 500m
Rami Zur: K-1 500m, K-1 1,000m
USA Canoe/Kayak is headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., and is the National Governing Body for eight canoe and kayak racing sports. For more information, please contact David Yarborough at (704) 348-4330 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our website at www.usack.org.