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Vail Valley rafting team wins silver

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail DailyAfter winner silver in the sprint, a Vail Valley men's rafting team hopes to take gold in more technical competitions at the 2009 World Rafting Championships in Bosnia-Herzegovina
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VAIL VALLEY, Colorado ” A men’s rafting team from the Vail Valley has won a silver medal in a sprint competition at the 2009 World Rafting Championships in Bosnia-Herzegovina. A women’s team from the Vail Valley finished fifth in the sprint, the first event of the competition.

The Behind the 8-Ball/Timberline men’s rafting team finished fifth out of 33 teams in the sprint time trials. They went on to beat teams from New Zealand, Russia and Brazil but lost in the finals to the British team.

The Vail Valley’s men’s whitewater rafting team includes Mike Reid, Chris “Mongo ” Reeder, Chip Carney, Todd Toledo, Seth Kurt-Mason, Joe Sialiano and Andrew Bishop

The team now moves on to more technical events ” the slalom and the downriver ” where the U.S. men have excelled in the past.

The women of Team Timberline also fared very well against the other 22 women’s teams in the sprint event. After posting a strong seventh place finish in the time trials, they smoked the Danes only to stumble just enough against the Canadians to fall out of contention for the podium.

The Vail Valley’s woman whitewater rafting team includes Lisa Reeder, Dawn Vogeler, Lizzie Burnett, Jessica Kurt-Mason, Katie Smith, Jaime Passchier and Kathleen Garcia.

The World Rafting Championships take place every two years, bringing together competitors from 33 countries. The three-stage competition is designed to test the skills of the teams in the areas of teamwork, power and technical expertise with a combination of results going toward the final standings.

For more information on the event and blog updates go to http://www.usraftteamco.com or call Timberline Tours at 970-476-1414.