Final athletes named to U.S. Olympic Canoe/Kayak Team

ICF Slalom World Cup 1 in Cardiff proves good luck for five paddlers. Photo: Eric Hurd and Jeff Larimer, IFC Slalom World Cup 1, Cardiff USA Canoe/Kayak

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 and Twitter @dangerjr. Jill is an avid kayaker and owner of Half Moon Bay Kayak Company.

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Jill K. Robinson

An award-winning journalist and adventure seeker, Jill K. Robinson has been a columnist with The Washington Times, Communities section since 2011.

Her work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, American Way, Every Day With Rachael Ray, Robb Report, Westways, Journey, Let's Go with Ryanair, World Hum, Gadling, Lonely Planet and more. She lives in a small California beach town near the big wave surf spot, Mavericks, and divides her time between writing about travel, running a kayak business and trying to wring awe-inspiring adventure out of every day.

Always eager to take a leap into the unknown and experience new things, Jill shares adventure sport and travel highlights—even when the adventure isn’t adrenaline pumping or bone crushing. Adventure is sometimes only a state of mind.

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