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Canoe World Championships wrapped up in central Wisconsin

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The Canoe Slalom World Championships wrapped-up Sunday afternoon.

The 5-day event started on Wednesday, drawing athletes from around the world, all competing to be world champion.

"It's really cool to see all these amazing paddlers and watching them," said Jordan Poffenberger, American athlete. "Especially seeing how I stack up to the best of the best."

For some it was a warm-up for this month's Olympic games.

Australian Jessica Fox took home gold three times.

"I couldn't really be happier," said Fox. "I've had some great results and defended my titles and I've really enjoyed racing here in Wausau."

But not every story at Whitewater Park had a happy ending. Fellow Olympian Casey Eichfeld had a costly mistake in the semi-finals, keeping the American off the podium.

"You know the whole idea about coming here was actually about just a little more preparation before the Olympics," said Eichfeld. "One more race, one more competition, just getting our mindset in place."

For athletes not making the trip to London, this was the biggest competition of the year.

Wausau hasn't hosted the world championships since 1994. And the central Wisconsin community came out to support. Organizers say estimate between 50,000 to 75,000 people watched the event.

The extra traffic boosted business for Wausau's downtown.

"It's been a great weekend for us," said Dan Sosnowski, Polito's manager. "Yesterday we had our record day, just awesome to see so many people down in the area."

This year there were four Olympians competing at Whitewater Park.

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