During the London 2012 Olympics it's not just been Slalom going on at the Lee Valley Whitewater centre ... Myself, Claire O’hara, Uganda’s Juma Kalikwani, Japan’s Motoko Ishida, New Zealand’s Courtney Kerin, and USA’s Dane Jackson have all been part of team putting on freestyle kayaking displays between the slalom races.
We were on each day in the break betweens finals and medals, or after the heats, so you might have heard or seen glimpses of us on the BBC footage. Unfortunately, I took myself out of the action with a broken collarbone after the 2nd day, having stacked it skateboarding back to the hotel after our show. Hoping to be back on the water for World Cups.
I was using the new Dagger Jitsu proto as my Guigui was deemed to colourful by the Officials, but the Jitsu even it was plastic was actually a joy to use here at Lee Valley, I'm certainly excited to see how the production one turns out, I think Dagger may well have created something quite special.
Been here at the Olympics has been exciting, fascinating and an overall great experience. We had such a fun time with our team. Watching the incredible performances of GB's C2 crews, especially Tim and Etienne taking the Gold and Silver yesterday was unforgettable. I've never been so gripped by an event.
It didn't matter what nation was racing when someone was on a winning time everyone began to cheer them on regardless! That is what was so great about the crowds here! and they seemed to love Freestyle!
Getting to see how all the various slalom athletes put themselves together trying to show their best, cheering them on and feeling the electric atmosphere has been amazing. The opening ceremony was like nothing I've ever been to, I was very impressed.
In my mind the Olympics is about working hard in pursuit of a goal or dream, trying to show the best of yourself and encouraging/ inspiring others with your actions. I think this is exactly what we saw there after you've stripped away all the official BS and commercialism at it's core it's still a celebration or humanity and how great the World is! Anyway, here are some more photos of our time showing off Freestyle Kayaking and keep an eye out for the others this afternoon as they put on the last show. Pringle P.S. Thanks to Claire, Sportscene and Terry Best for the additional photos...
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About the author
James ‘Pringle’ Bebbington
You might know him as Pringle, or simply as James, but he’s been tearing up the freestyle kayaking scene at home in Europe and around the world for many years now. Having been a leading figure in the British freestyle scene, James honed his big water freestyle skills on Uganda’s White Nile.