Calling All Paddlers:
Early registration closes this Friday, 3 May. The USACK Senior Team Trials is open to USA athletes and will serve as the selection for the 2013 National Slalom Team.
Many of the top athletes have already signed up, including two-time Olympian Casey Eichfeld (Drums, Pa.), Zach Lokken (Durango, Colo.), Colleen Hickey (Okawville, Ill.), Scott Mann (Woodstock, Vt.), Michal Smolen (Gastonia, N.C.) and 2008 Olympian Rick Powell (Parkesburg, Pa.).
Looking Ahead to 2014:
The Garrett County Board of Commissioners is pleased to announce Maryland's legislative approval of a one million dollar State Bond submitted by the county's elected representatives to support the Adventure Sports Center International (ASCI) and its preparation to host the 2014 International Canoe Federation's (ICF) Canoe Slalom World Championships. The event, to be held September 16 - 21, 2014 will bring competitors and spectators from around the world to Garrett County.
"These improvements will enable the ASCI facility to take a big step forward," remarked Deep Creek 2014 event Executive Director, Todd Copley. "The State Bond funding will not only ensure we're ready to host a world-class sporting event in 2014, it will ensure the facility is ready to attract and host similar caliber events into the future."
The World Championships will put Garrett County on the World's Stage as we play host to over 40 international countries, 21.5 million broadcast viewers and the largest inbound sporting event to the United States in 2014. The Adventure Sports Center International is the world's only mountaintop recirculating whitewater course located on top of the mountain at Wisp Resort.
2014 Non-Competition Schedule:
Media Day, May 17, 11am-2pm: Open invitation to all regional and local media outlets to come and learn about media opportunities and the significant impact of the World Championships on our region.
Community Open House, May 18, 11am-2pm: Opportunity for local businesses, civic organizations and Garrett County general public to learn more about the prep for the Worlds and see the infrastructure improvements necessary to host a World Championship.
Children's Adventure Series and Kids Day at The Races, May 19, 11am-2pm: A great day for local and regional school aged children to come see the Adventure Sports Center International and have a chance to meet and see Olympic athletes and paddlers. Kids will get a great overview of the sport of Slalom Canoe and Kayak and have unlimited access to the interior Island and close viewing of the action.
About USA Canoe/Kayak: Headquartered in Oklahoma City, USA Canoe/Kayak is a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee and the International Canoe Federation. It governs the Olympic disciplines of Flatwater Sprint, Whitewater Slalom, the Paralympic discipline of Paracanoe and sanctions Freestyle, Marathon, Outrigger, Wildwater, Stand Up Paddle Board, Kayak Polo, Dragon Boat and Canoe Sailing in the United States. For more information about USA Canoe/Kayak, please visit us on the web at www.usack.org, on Twitter at @usacanoekayak and Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/USACanoeKayak.
About the Adventure Sports Center International, Inc.: The Adventure Sports Center International, Inc. (ASCI) is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3), charitable organization formed to promote adventure tourism and healthy outdoor lifestyles. ASC, Inc. operates the world's only mountaintop river park and has taken over 45,000 people rafting since it opened in 2007. In 2012, ASC, Inc. was wholly acquired by Garrett County and has since operated as part of the County Enterprise Fund under the leadership of the County Commissioners. For more information about Garrett County, Maryland, Deep Creek 2014 and ASCI, Inc. visit: http://www.deepcreek2014.com.