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TEVA Extreme Outdoor Games

TEVA Extreme Outdoor Games A report plus complete results from the TEVA Extreme Outdoor Games 2007 in Val Sesia, Italy.

TEVA Extreme Outdoor Games 2007, Val Sesia Italy

The TEVA Extreme Outdoor games always have been one of the top kayak events every year over the last 6 years, but this year's event had grown much bigger than expected, especially in the other sports like mountain running, downhill biking, bouldering and some more demonstration events.

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Also there was a lot more interest from the press to cover the event. Beside a very significant increase in local news media on site, a team from Gillette World Sports and Sky TV Italy covered the event for international tv distribution.

Unfortunately I was heavily involved in the execution of the kayak races, so I did not have the time to witness all the other great events. Therefore I can only report on what happened on the river, which was one of the most exciting kayak races I have seen in the last years.

60 kayakers from 15 countries entered this year's kayak races, which took off on friday with the team and individual downriver race on the Egua river. With a slightly higher water level than last year and a much more competitive field of paddlers, the racing times were much faster than in 2006. 

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Like last year, team Italy 1 (Francesco Salvato, Michelle Ramazza, Enrice Lazzarotto) took first again, followed by Germany 1 (Jacobus Stenglein, Benjamin Herrbrügger, Thilo Schmitt), and Team USA (Pat Keller, John Grace, Austin Rathmann) in third place.

The first place in the individual downriver race went to Italian paddler Michelle Ramazza, 5 seconds ahead of Pat Keller from USA and in third place Hannes Brandstaetter from Austria.

In the women's division we saw a very tight race on the lower section of the men's race course with Katerina Migdavoa (CZ) taking first, closely followed by Anna Jankowfsky (Ger) and Christie Glissmeyer (USA).

On Saturday we had low water levels again like last year, so that both events - slalom and sprint - had to be held again on the Sorba instead on the Gronda river.

In the morning there was a very exciting slalom race with some major upsets due to disqualifications, like the one of last years winner, Michelle Ramazza who missed a gate. Pat Keller won ahead of Jacobus Stenglein (Ger) and third place went to Andrej Bijuklic from Slovenia.

The women's class was taken by Lilli Winter (Ger), second went to Rosie Cripps (UK) and on third place Christie Glissmeyer.

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The sprint in the afternoon was won by Jacobus Stenglein just half a second in front of Michelle Ramazza and 1.2 seconds faster than Hannes Brandstaetter, a very very close result !

Saturday's dinner and party saw a lot of paddlers staying up till the break of dawn celebrating another great TEVA Extreme Outdoor Games in the beautiful Valle Sesia in Italy and not caring much about their about next day's event, the kayak cross.

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Tied for first going into Sunday's event was Pat Keller and Jacobus Stenglein. Barely making the cut of the best 32 due to his disqualification in slalom and missing out on precious points, Michelle Ramazza had to win the kayak cross to make it back into the top 3 overall. The Italian Team TEVA paddler was on a solid second place in his first heat, when he managed to park his kayak on a shallow rock shelf only 2 meters away from the finish, just to get passed by a happy Simon Hirter from switzerland who took second and advanced into the next round instead of Michelle!

Pat Keller got bumped out of the kayak cross in the semi finals and with a 7th place in the little final, what meant that he was settled for 3rd place overall. Now it was up to Jacobus Stenglein and Hannes Brandstaetter to fight for the first and second place in the overall standing and the big price money. Jacobus took no chances and won all his heats including the semi finals always with a solid lead, only to get beaten by Hannes Brandstaetter and Honza Lasko (CZ) in the final heat of the kayak cross. But after dropping everyone's lowest score out of 4 races, the third place in the final event turned out to be enough points for Jacobus to win the overall title and 1000 Euros of price money. Hannes Brandstaetter took second and Pat Keller third place overall.

Christie Glissmeyer secured an overall first place and 500 Euros price money with her first place in the kayak cross. Katerina Migdavoa just barely missed the women's kayak cross final but after dropping the lowest score it turned out that she earned enough points to win the overall 2nd place, closely followed by Anna Jankowfsky (Ger) on the third place, who got second on Sunday's kayak cross.

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A million thanks to all competitors, volunteers, spectators, Francesco and Carla Salvato and most of all, Simone Ponziani from TEVA Italy to make this year's exciting event happen again.

See you next year back in bella Italia.
Cheers,
Arnd

Photos: Raphael Thiebaut

Full results

Start list
Mens Womens
Name Nation Bib Name Nation Bib
1 TIM WEINMANN GER 2 13 1 DEE ANDERSON CAN 15
2 MARCELLO PARMIGIANI ITA 2 17 2 DEB PINNIGER UK 88
3 BENJAMIN HJORT NOR 1 20 3 CHRISTIE CLISSMEYER USA 97
4 BOSTJAN MARCINA SLO 28 4 CLARE MCLENNON NZL 154
5 IGOR MIEKUZ SLO 30 5 ROSIE CRIPPS UK 162
6 DANIEL HERZIG AUT 1 32 6 SUSANNA MASSARO ITA 163
7 PAT KELLER USA 35 7 MARIE PODUSKOVA CZE 167
8 JOHN GRACE USA 37 8 KATERINA MIGDAVOA CZE 169
9 JARNAD NAA NOR 42 9 ANNA JANKOWFSKY GER 189
10 EIRIK OVEREIDE NOR 1 43 10 LILLI WINTER GER 190
11 AUSTIN RATHMANN USA 45
12 LARS GEORGE PAUSEN NOR 46
13 CHRISTOPH HESSE AUT 2 48
14 HANNES BRANDSTATTER AUT 1 54
15 PER CHRISTIAN PEDERSEN NOR 1 57
16 MATT TIDY UK 64
17 KILLAN KELLY IRL 67
18 ARND SCHAEFTLEIN GER 2 73
19 STEFAN ORTNER AUT 1 74
20 ANDREA COLOMBO ITA 2 75
21 MIRA KODADA CZE 1 77
22 DAVE CARROL IRL 87
23 JAKUB NEMEC CZE 1 95
24 SAM HUGES UK 96
25 MARCO MERINI ITA 2 98
26 REINER GLANZ AUT 2 105
27 GERHAND BRAUNE AUT 2 110
28 JAKOBUS STENGLEIIN GER 1 114
29 HUBIK ATTILA HUN 115
30 BAJI ATTILA HUN 117
31 NILS HEINE GER 119
32 HONZA LASKO CZE 1 131
33 VRANA TOMAS HUN 132
34 ROB COFFEY IRL 135
35 RON FISCHER CH 1 136
36 SIMON HIRTER CH 137
37 ANDREJ BIJUKLIC SLO 143
38 TIMO KOESTER GER 2 146
39 SEVENIN HABERLING CH 1 151
40 ED CORNFIELD UK 161
41 LUKAS WIELATT CH 1 164
42 BENJAMIN HERBRUEGGER GER 1 168
43 PATRIK PODUSKA CZE 2 170
44 LAURENT DEVIGNE FR 171
45 THILO SCHMITT GER 1 187
46 JIRI KOPENY CZE 2 192
47 TOMAS MAHRING CZE 2 198
48 MICHELE RAMAZZA ITA 1 202
49 FRANCESCO SALVATO ITA 1 203
50 ENRICO LAZZAROTTO ITA 1 208
Slalom Sorba  
Mens Womens
Place Name Nation Bib Time Points Place Name Nation Bib Time Points
1 PAT KELLER USA 35 01:08.4 1000 1 LILLI WINTER GER 190 01:33.9 1000
2 JAKOBUS STENGLEIIN GER 1 114 01:10.0 980 2 ROSIE CRIPPS UK 162 01:34.7 980
3 ANDREJ BIJUKLIC SLO 143 01:10.8 965 3 CHRISTIE CLISSMEYER USA 97 01:35.8 965
4 HANNES BRANDSTATTER AUT 1 54 01:12.1 950 4 KATERINA MIGDAVOA CZE 169 01:54.6 950
5 ENRICO LAZZAROTTO ITA 1 208 01:13.2 940 5 ANNA JANKOWFSKY GER 189 02:04.3 940
6 THILO SCHMITT GER 1 187 01:13.3 930 6 MARIE PODUSKOVA CZE 167 02:31.9 930
7 RON FISCHER CH 1 136 01:14.5 920 dq DEE ANDERSON CAN 15 dq 0
8 HONZA LASKO CZE 1 131 01:15.5 910 dq DEB PINNIGER UK 88 dq 0
9 BENJAMIN HERBRUEGGER GER 1 168 01:17.5 900 dq CLARE MCLENNON NZL 154 dq 0
10 ED CORNFIELD UK 161 01:18.5 890 dq SUSANNA MASSARO ITA 163 dq 0
11 ARND SCHAEFTLEIN GER 2 73 01:21.2 880
12 MARCO MERINI ITA 2 98 01:21.3 870
13 PER CHRISTIAN PEDERSEN NOR 1 57 01:21.5 860
14 SIMON HIRTER CH 137 01:22.1 850
15 FRANCESCO SALVATO ITA 1 203 01:22.5 840
16 LARS GEORGE PAUSEN NOR 46 01:22.7 830
17 ANDREA COLOMBO ITA 2 75 01:22.9 820
18 DANIEL HERZIG AUT 1 32 01:23.0 810
19 TIM WEINMANN GER 2 13 01:23.1 800
20 JIRI KOPENY CZE 2 192 01:23.4 790
21 NILS HEINE GER 119 01:23.5 780
22 BOSTJAN MARCINA SLO 28 01:25.2 770
23 BENJAMIN HJORT NOR 1 20 01:26.8 760
24 JOHN GRACE USA 37 01:27.0 750
25 GERHAND BRAUNE AUT 2 110 01:27.2 740
26 AUSTIN RATHMANN USA 45 01:28.6 730
27 MIRA KODADA CZE 1 77 01:29.6 720
28 DAVE CARROL IRL 87 01:34.5 710
29 EIRIK OVEREIDE NOR 1 43 01:36.1 700
30 MATT TIDY UK 64 01:39.9 690
31 CHRISTOPH HESSE AUT 2 48 01:40.0 680
32 TIMO KOESTER GER 2 146 01:40.3 670
33 ROB COFFEY IRL 135 01:41.0 660
34 TOMAS MAHRING CZE 2 198 01:42.0 650
35 JARNAD NAA NOR 42 01:42.3 640
36 STEFAN ORTNER AUT 1 74 01:43.3 630
37 LAURENT DEVIGNE FR 171 01:43.8 620
38 BAJI ATTILA HUN 117 01:58.2 610
39 HUBIK ATTILA HUN 115 02:02.6 600
40 PATRIK PODUSKA CZE 2 170 02:26.9 590
41 VRANA TOMAS HUN 132 02:52.1 580
42 MARCELLO PARMIGIANI ITA 2 17 03:33.3 570
dq IGOR MIEKUZ SLO 30 dq 0
dq KILLAN KELLY IRL 67 dq 0
dq JAKUB NEMEC CZE 1 95 dq 0
dq SAM HUGES UK 96 dq 0
dq REINER GLANZ AUT 2 105 dq 0
dq SEVENIN HABERLING CH 1 151 dq 0
dq LUKAS WIELATT CH 1 164 dq 0
dq MICHELE RAMAZZA ITA 1 202 dq 0
Kayakcross Sorba  
Mens Womens
Name Nation Bib Points Place Name Nation Bib Points
HANNES BRANDSTATTER AUT 1 54 1000 1 CHRISTIE CLISSMEYER USA 97 1000
HONZA LASKO CZE 1 131 980 2 ANNA JANKOWFSKY GER 189 980
JAKOBUS STENGLEIN GER 1 114 965 3 DEB PINNIGER UK 88 965
FRANCESCO SALVATO ITA 1 203 950 4 LILLI WINTER GER 190 950
BENJAMIN HJORT NOR 1 20 940 5 CLARE MCLENNON NZL 154 940
ANDREJ BIJUKLIC SLO 143 930 5 ROSIE CRIPPS UK 162 940
PAT KELLER USA 35 920 5 SUSANNA MASSARO ITA 163 940
RON FISCHER CH 1 136 910 5 MARIE PODUSKOVA CZE 167 940
MARCELLO PARMIGIANI ITA 2 17 900 5 KATERINA MIGDAVOA CZE 169 940
BOSTJAN MARCINA SLO 28 900
DANIEL HERZIG AUT 1 32 900
GERHAND BRAUNE AUT 2 110 900
NILS HEINE GER 119 900
SIMON HIRTER CH 137 900
BENJAMIN HERBRUEGGER GER 1 168 900
JIRI KOPENY CZE 2 192 900
TIM WEINMANN GER 2 13 820
JOHN GRACE USA 37 820
EIRIK OVEREIDE NOR 1 43 820
AUSTIN RATHMANN USA 45 820
LARS GEORGE PAUSEN NOR 46 820
CHRISTOPH HESSE AUT 2 48 820
PER CHRISTIAN PEDERSEN NOR 1 57 820
MATT TIDY UK 64 820
ARND SCHAEFTLEIN GER 2 73 820
STEFAN ORTNER AUT 1 74 820
ANDREA COLOMBO ITA 2 75 820
MIRA KODADA CZE 1 77 820
MARCO MERINI ITA 2 98 820
THILO SCHMITT GER 1 187 820
MICHELE RAMAZZA ITA 1 202 820
ENRICO LAZZAROTTO ITA 1 208 820
Results  
Mens Womens
Place Name Nation Bib Time Points Place Name Nation Bib Time Points
1 JAKOBUS STENGLEIIN GER 1 114 01:33.0 1000 1 CHRISTIE CLISSMEYER USA 97 01:47.5 1000
2 MICHELE RAMAZZA ITA 1 202 01:33.5 980 2 KATERINA MIGDAVOA CZE 169 01:47.7 980
3 HANNES BRANDSTATTER AUT 1 54 01:34.8 965 3 ANNA JANKOWFSKY GER 189 01:49.9 965
4 PAT KELLER USA 35 01:35.4 950 4 LILLI WINTER GER 190 01:52.0 950
5 HONZA LASKO CZE 1 131 01:36.5 940 5 ROSIE CRIPPS UK 162 01:54.8 940
6 JIRI KOPENY CZE 2 192 01:36.6 930 6 DEB PINNIGER UK 88 02:00.2 930
7 ANDREJ BIJUKLIC SLO 143 01:37.3 920 7 MARIE PODUSKOVA CZE 167 02:00.6 920
9 FRANCESCO SALVATO ITA 1 203 01:37.4 910 8 SUSANNA MASSARO ITA 163 02:08.6 910
10 RON FISCHER CH 1 136 01:37.5 900 9 CLARE MCLENNON NZL 154 02:12.0 900
11 ANDREA COLOMBO ITA 2 75 01:39.0 890 dq DEE ANDERSON CAN 15 dq 0
12 JOHN GRACE USA 37 01:39.1 880
13 AUSTIN RATHMANN USA 45 01:39.2 870
8 THILO SCHMITT GER 1 187 01:39.3 860
14 MARCO MERINI ITA 2 98 01:39.4 850
15 BENJAMIN HERBRUEGGER GER 1 168 01:39.5 840
16 DANIEL HERZIG AUT 1 32 01:39.6 830
17 BENJAMIN HJORT NOR 1 20 01:39.7 820
18 SEVENIN HABERLING CH 1 151 01:40.2 810
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