The Week-Ender: June 22-23

Recapping the weekend's events—World Cup slalom, freestyle fests, and rafting nationals

The summer paddling season is in full swing, and as each weekend becomes more full of races, competitions, and festivals, we’ll take a quick look back to recap the best of what happened. This past weekend:

  • Fabien Lefevre won bronze for the U.S. at Slalom World Cup. The two-time Olympic medalist for France recently moved to Bethesda, Md., and now paddles for the U.S. slalom team, taking a medal in his first race for the red, white and blue. Click to learn more
  • A fire had shut down the Royal Gorge section of Colorado’s Arkansas River for 10 days just prior to the event, which was the site of the 2013 USRA National Rafting Championships at this weekend’s Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival. Everything did open in time for the nationals, however. The Red Lady Raft Team captured the win over the Element’s Raft Team, claiming the title of the new USA Women’s R6 Rafting Team, while the reigning men’s national team, Behind the Eight Ball, claimed a narrow tiebreaking win over the Ark Sharks, priming the primed the men’s and women’s squads for the fall World Championships in New Zealand. Click to learn more
  • Around 375 athletes participated at the Payette River Games. Liquidlogic athlete Adriene Levknecht claimed a hefty $4,000 prize after winning the women’s sprint/boatercross event, and Jackson Kayak athlete Stephen Wright took the men’s freestyle win for another $4,000 prize. Boasting the largest purse for whitewater kayaking events in the world, the Payette River Games increased cash earnings to $40,000 this year. Click to learn more

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