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U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Whitewater
Canoeing & Kayaking

First of all, depending on your computer's video capabilities, and your "taste", the photos on this page may appear *funny*. In an attempt to capture the flowing beauty of this sport, and the awesome power of the whitewater, I used slow shutter speeds (1/4 to 1/15 of a second) and *panning.* This results in what some people might call "blurry" pictures.....I meant for them to be that way. As always, my philosophy is, "If you don't like it, don't look at it."

I ordered tickets to this event for the Olympics, but, much to my surprise, there was such a demand for seats that it became a "lottery event"......as usual with anything connected to the word "lottery", I lost. To take the edge off my disappointment, I decided to go to the U.S. Team Trials.19k-humoungous

So my friend & fellow photographer Charlie McCullers met me at "cock-a-doodle-dark" (that's before sun-up, for non-Southerners) on Sunday, 5/19/96, and headed for the hills. 100 miles, a high school parking lot, and a bus ride later, we walked up to the river, and there it was......the rapid they call "Humongous" (shown at left and below)

Pictures can hardly convey the power of this particular rapid. The river side rescue squads had a busy day, diving in for 8 or 10 paddlers who had gotten sucked back into, or overturned by, this water beast. The rescue guys did a heck of a job, as this is one Olympic sport that can kill.
20k-two man kayakAs I warned you at the beginning, I'm not a journalist, so I didn't studiously copy the competitors names, or even get a program. I can't tell you the names of the athletes pictured on this page, but I've convinced myself they are certainly of the winners. At any rate, they were all pretty amazing, and these images are my effort to capture the essence of their performances.....not silly details like "names" and stuff. If you like them, and want to see four more, click the camera. If not, click the torch for more stuff I saw.21k-action

To see more "whitewater" images, click the cameracamera

[click the cauldron
for more stuff I saw]

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