US Paddlers win 9 Gold Medals

By Luke Dieker, USA Canoe/Kayak

July 11, 2005 Lac Beauport, Quebec


After an exciting weekend of racing in Lac Beauport, the US paddlers returned to the States sporting a glamorous array of metallic hardware. The US Senior and Junior Pan-American Championships teams’ performances were excellent, as they won nine gold medals, five silver medals and ten bronze medals. Every time a gold medal was won, the US national anthem was played, and the athletes stood there and proudly represented our country.


Rising superstar and 2004 Olympian Carrie Johnson (San Diego, Calif.) led the way, winning both the K-1 (single kayak) 500 and 1000 meters. Johnson also won silver in the K-4 (four person kayak) with teammates Susannah Stucchio (Mount Vernon, N.Y.), Kari-Jean McKenzie (Richmond, B.C.) and Kalen Lee (Gainesville, Ga.). Johnson rounded out her personal medal haul with a bronze in the K-1 200 meters.


One of the best finishes of the regatta was in the K-2 (double kayak) 1000 meters, where the 2004 Olympic boat of Andy Bussey (Kailua, Hawaii) and Jeff Smoke (Buchanan, Mich.) outraced the Brazilian team of Jonaton Oliveira and Edson Silva to the line. Smoke and Bussey have been training very hard together, and their efforts were rewarded this past weekend. The race was so close that it had to be reviewed with photo finish equipment. Bussey and Smoke now set their sights on the World Championships, where they feel their two years of work together in the K-2 will bring them success.


Perhaps the most dominating team of the regatta was the junior K-2 team of Ann Hollingshead (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Emily Mickle (Gainesville, Ga.). These two young athletes swept all three distances in the event, winning the 1000 meters, 500 meters and 200 meters.


Showing promise of much more to come at the senior level, junior paddler Morgan House (Gainesville, Ga.) also had success in his junior K-1 events, sweeping both Olympic distances of 1000 meters and 500 meters. House also finished second in the 200 meter distance.


Rounding out the US gold medals was Kalen Lee (Gainesville, Ga.), who won the junior K-1 1000 meters. Lee also won silver in the junior K-1 500 meters and bronze in the K-1 200 meters.


Many of the athletes who competed in the Pan-American Championships will continue to train for the World Championships, which will take place later this summer. The Junior World Championships are August 5-8 in Szeged, Hungary, and the Senior World Championships are August 24-28 in Zagreb, Croatia.


Complete US Team Results from Pan-American Championships:


Gold


Andrew Bussey (Kailua, Hawaii) and Jeff Smoke (Buchanan, Mich.) – Senior Men K-2 1000M

Carrie Johnson (San Diego, Calif.) – Senior Women K-1 1000M and Senior Women K-1 500M

Emily Mickle (Gainesville, Ga.) and Ann Hollingshead (Pittsburgh, Pa.) – Junior Women K-2 1000M, Junior Women K-2 500 and Junior Women K-2 200M.

Morgan House (Gainesville, Ga.) – Junior Men K-1 1000M and Junior Men K-1 500M

Kalen Lee (Gainesville, Ga.) – Junior Women K-1 1000M





Silver

Carrie Johnson (San Diego, Calif.), Kalen Lee (Gainesville, Ga.), Kari-Jean McKenzie (Richmond, B.C.), Susannah Stucchio (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) – Senior Women K-4 1000M

Maia Farrar-Wellman (Washington, D.C.), Victoria Llonch (Gainesville, Ga.), Jen Burke (San Diego, Calif.), Emily Wright (Fairport, N.Y.) – Junior Women K-4 1000M

Kalen Lee (Gainesville, Ga.) – Junior Women K-1 500M

Morgan House (Gainesville, Ga.) – Junior Men K11 200M

Eric Abbott (Honolulu, Hawaii), Josh Brandsma (Hollywood, Fla.), Patrick Dolan (Kailua, Hawaii), Taran Stucchio (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) – Junior Men K-4 200


Bronze

Andy Bussey (Kailua, Hawaii), Daniel Krawczyk (Bayside, N.Y.), Jeff Smoke (Buchanan, Mich.), Brandon Woods (Kaneohe, Hawaii) – Senior Men K-4 1000M

Katie Hagler (Gainesville, Ga.) Lauren Austin (Seattle, Wash.) – Senior Women K-2 1000M

Brandon Woods (Kaneohe, Hawaii) – Senior Men K-1 1000M

Carrie Johnson (San Diego, Calif.) – Senior Women K-1 200M

Brady Bragg (Flowery Branch, Ga.), and David Petrovich (Szeged, Hungary) – Junior Men K-2 1000M and Junior Men K-2 200M

Eric Abbott (Honolulu, Hawaii), Josh Brandsma (Hollywood, Fla.), Patrick Dolan (Kailua, Hawaii), Taran Stucchio (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) – Junior Men K-4 1000M

Mia Farrar-Wellman (Washington, D.C.), Victoria Llonch (Gainesville, Ga.), Jen Burke (San Diego, Calif.), Emily Wright (Fairport, N.Y.) – Junior Women K-4 500M and Junior Women K-4 200M

Kalen Lee (Gainesville, Ga.) – Junior Women K-1 200M


USA Canoe/Kayak, headquartered in Charlotte, NC, is the National Governing Body for nine canoe and kayak racing sports, and is a member of the US Olympic Committee and the International Canoe Federation. Please check their website for US Team news and complete race results, www.usack.org

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