The Canoe Slalom World Championships wrapped-up Sunday
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
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
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.