The U.S. is only sending two sprint kayakers to London, and they could be named this Friday in Oklahoma City, host of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Flatwater Sprint.
For Carrie Johnson of San Diego, Calif., and Ryan Dolan of Kailua, Hawaii, it’s “win and you’re in”. Should anyone else take first, the competition continues to World Cup No. 1 in Duisburg, Germany, May 19-20.
Two-time Olympian Carrie Johnson qualified the Olympic slot for Team USA by winning two Gold medals at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, and will compete in the Women’s Single Kayak 500m race. She has some tough competition though from Oklahoma City-based athletes Maggie Hogan, Kaitlyn McElroy and Jen Burke.
“I am really excited to race for a spot on my third Olympic Team,” Johnson says. “ I know that everyone has been training very hard and there is going to be some great racing.”
Ryan Dolan qualified the Olympic slot for Team USA by earning the Bronze medal at the 2011 Pan American Games. He will compete in the Men’s Single Kayak 200m race against fellow 2011 National Team members Morgan House , Tim Hornsby , Luke and Jake Michael, among others.
“I’m looking forward to Trials and racing everyone,” Dolan says. “200-meter races are all close, so it’s going to be some great racing with the Olympic spot on the line.”
Watch the races live at 5 p.m. CST at UniversalSports.com.