While no one here at ERA is much at paddling slalom gates….the 2008 Olympic team trials became personal to us when a fellow-paddler from Ecuador, Omar, showed up this spring for the Pan American Team Trials to attempt to win a berth for Ecuador in Beijing.

Omar joined an impressive list of those who would not be competing in Beijing. The whitewater slalom event was reorganized after the 2004 olympics and for Beijing, only one athlete per event per country would compete in each of the whitewater slalom events, and the whole of Latin America was limited to only a single spot per event for Beijing.

The competition for slots for the US whitewater team came head-to-head this past week in Ausburg, Germany.

Read more about the event and the athletes that will be representing the US in the whitewater slalom events in Beijing.