Bratislava Farewell

Bratislava Farewell

Yesterday the Worlds ended. I'm talking about the 2011 Canoe Slalom World Championships, of course, not the end of everything. (That's in 2012.) Riding in cars or buses or airplanes back to their home[...]

Bratislava #8

Bratislava #8

France's Denis Gargaud-Chanut and Fabien Lefevre, the silver medalists in Saturday's C-2 event, made slalom history Sunday by medaling again in their two different singles classes. Lefevre claimed the[...]

Bratislava #7

Bratislava #7

"Why is this French C-2 team paddling on the same side?" I asked in the caption to my photo in Bratislava #3. Now I know that my guess was wrong: They weren't "just hacking around." In the C-2 final S[...]

Bratislava #6

Bratislava #6

It was a disappointing morning for the U.S. paddlers, including for my sentimental favorite, the McEwan and Eichfeld team. The drama of qualifying heats lies not in the placings within the top ten, bu[...]

Bratislava #5

Bratislava #5

t wasn't exactly a quiet day at the course today, but the sound was not the roar of the crowd, rather the roar of the event-canceling wind. What's a honed and hungry racer to do?

Bratislava #4

Bratislava #4

Was I nervous this morning? Nah. It was just everyday forgetfulness that made me fail to put the battery back into my camera. And if I was completely exhausted after the the first C-2 heat, well, blam[...]

Bratislava Chronicles #3

Bratislava Chronicles #3

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — The official Opening Ceremonies of the 2011 Canoe Slalom World Championships did not begin until 7 p.m. Tuesday local time, so during the day there was training as usual on t[...]

Bratislava Chronicles #2

Bratislava Chronicles #2

I'm getting the feeling that the 2011 Canoe Slalom World Championships has an inferiority complex. Today the home page for the World Championships features a photo of Michel Martikan with the caption,[...]

Setting the Stage in Bratislava

Setting the Stage in Bratislava

By Jamie McEwan Here I am—Bratislava, Slovakia! Site of the 2011 Canoe Slalom World Championships! Ouch, I’ve done it already: I can’t even write two sentences (one a fragment) about the[...]

We Got the (Le)fevre

French athlete to compete in U.S. Slalom team

It's always a pleasure to welcome international paddlers to U.S. races. But at this year's U.S. Slalom Team Trials, their attendance came with a twist.