All eyes in the Olympic paddling community were on Wausau, Wis., July 10-15 as it hosted one of the last officially sanctioned slalom races prior to the London 2012 Games—the 2012 ICF Junior/U-23 Slalom World Championships. Many of the young athletes are looking ahead to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. But for at least three competitors, the Junior/U-23 World Championships marked the final tune-up for the 2012 Olympic Games. Kayaker Jessica Fox of Australia and Americans Caroline Queen and Casey Eichfeld hoped to gain valuable momentum heading into London.
Australia's Jessica Fox won three gold medals and retained her Junior Women's K-1 title. Caroline Queen (Darnestown, Md.) placed ninth in the U-23 Women’s K-1 Final Sunday. She incurred one 2-second touch penalty en route to a time of 135.51, which was +18.40 seconds back from the first place finisher Katerina Kudejova of the Czech Republic.
“I’m happy to have made the final and gained some good experience,” Queen says. “The mistake on the run came as a result of taking a risk to be faster. That’s racing.”
Racing concluded with the team events, where the U.S. placed sixth in Junior Men’s C-1 and ninth in Junior Women’s K-1.
Click HERE for all results, including results from the Team Events. Click HERE for the event website, or HERE for the ICF page to get more information on the 2012 ICF Junior & U-23 Canoe Slalom World Championships.
Click HERE for full video coverage of the events and watch the recap of the final day below.
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