Monday, August 25, 2008

Dude... It's Augsburg

Not really.... We got stopped by border patrol after we crossed from the Czech to Germany. I didn't have my passport so we had to sit on the side of the road for an hour to wait for the police to come. All that they could do was laugh at us. There was a Brit (pictured above) a Swedish dude and three American girls all packed in the same car. They gave me a 25 euro fine and then they handcuffed Pringle for a picture. You know these police went home and told their family about us.....We made it to Augsburg after the longest "4 hour" drive ever. Back to camping land. It started raining on friday again. We had three days of sun and then it rained and everything was not only wet but really really muddy. It was very frustrating. Mom and I got a chance to go tour around the city for a day and we got to see many things. The thing that really caught my eye was the Gold Room. Which is the town hall. That is a picture of the ceiling just to let ya'll know. :-) Friday we started the competition back up. Junior women, junior men, and pro men. Pro men cut to 20 and junior men cut to 10. On saturday the women got to go. I didn't compete so well but Emily Jackson, Devon Barker, and Ruth Gordon made the first cut. In semi's Ruth and Emily both competed well and on sunday was finals. LP, my favorite 17 year old boy that I have ever met. He went into semi-finals in 7th place, came into finals in 5th place and ended up 3rd, only due to his great third comeback run. But he was fired up about getting a cute little medal.

The junior men finals winners. US in 3rd, France in 2nd, and the German in 1st.
Ruth Gordon going for the gold, doing one of her perfect loops.

Even though Emily had spent the night in the hospital due to an everlasting illness she still got up and showed that she is really one of the best playboaters in the world. In third place was Maria from Sweden, who had an amazing last ride, Ruth Gordon from Canada in 2nd, and Emily in 1st.
Where are Eric Jacksons pants? Thats what everyone was asking at the award ceremony for the mens finals. He had a speedo on, him and Nick Troutman (his future son in law) have been wearing absolutely hideous speedos every time they compete. But really... when can you get a picture of EJ without pants on?Eric had three amazing rides, he never once stopped moving it was great to watch. Comming in from behind though, once again, was Dustin who absolutely made the hole in Augsburg his bi*ch on his third ride and took the gold. Dustin, along with a lot of other people, were fired up that he took the gold and he had to celebrate by soaking everyone with Champagne.Adios from Augsburg, off to Thun now.
Happy Paddling
p.s. I am praying that the south east gets some rain, even if I'm not there!


Ehrl Sepp said...

Sorry, 1st of Junior men isn't czech he is from Germany (Jakob Ehrl)

Shane Benedict said...

Thanks for that Ehrl I will make the change.