HALF MOON BAY, Calif., June 23, 2012 — The month isn’t yet over, but June has been busy for canoe and kayak athletes in a final attempt to make the roster for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Canoe/Kayak Team headed to the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Earlier this month, in the International Canoe Federation (ICF) Slalom World Cup 1 in Cardiff, Wales, five more athletes were named to the team. Eric Hurd and Jeff Larimer, both from Georgia, finished 9th in the Men’s Double Canoe (C-2) Final. It will be the first Olympic Games for both paddlers.
Kayakers Caroline Queen (Maryland), Scott Parsons (Maryland), and Casey Eichfeld (Pennsylvania) also qualified for the 2012 London Olympic Games at World Cup 1 in Cardiff. For Queen, this will be her first trip to the Olympics.
The five athletes join sprint kayakers Carrie Johnson (California) and Tim Hornsby (Georgia) as members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Canoe/Kayak Team. The slalom competition will be held first, shortly after the opening of the Olympic Games, from July 29 to August 2. The sprint competition will be held from August 6 to 11.
Jill K. Robinson is an award-winning journalist and adventure seeker. Follow her adventures on dangerjillrobinson.com and Twitter @dangerjr. Jill is an avid kayaker and owner of Half Moon Bay Kayak Company.