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Gorge Games Highlights
July 8-15, 2000

Weekend warriors and professional athletes will go head-to-head at this year's Subaru Gorge Games. Prizes total U.S. $100,000, but the setting—Oregon's Columbia River Gorge—is something of a reward in itself.

Over 2,000 athletes, including many Olympians tuning up for Sydney 2000, will compete in everything from trail running to freestyle kayaking, climbing to outrigger canoeing. And we'll have daily highlights for you right here starting July 8th.


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Day 1

image: men windsurfing49er Sailing
Gutsy sailing under shifting wind conditions mark second day of 49er racing.
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Climbing Tips from the Gorge Games
Top Gorge Games climbers offer tips, tricks, and reminders for climbers of all skill levels. Go to ZuluSports.com >>

Race Report: 10K and Half-Marathon
Knee-deep in the hoopla, an intrepid ZuluSports reporter/competitor jumps into the kickoff trail-running events. Go to ZuluSports.com >>

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Day 2

image: man on motorcross bikeGorge Games Dual MTB Race: Peat and Brutsaert Win
The action in the Mountain Bike Dual races was fast and furious, with GT and Schwinn factory riders taking home victories.
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Outrigger Canoeing: Canadians, Hawaiians Rule
The opening outrigger races of the Gorge Games pitted some of North America's top paddlers against the mighty Columbia River. In the case of Team Kikaha Okekai, the river won. Go to ZuluSports.com >>

24-Hour Biking: Nighttime Is When the Real Race Starts
The night portion of the 24-hour mountain biking race is usually where the prize is won or lost. Support crews work 'round the clock to keep tired riders going. Go to ZuluSports.com >>

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Day 3

image: sailboat49er Sailing Finals: Team Holt Breezes to Victory
The sun broke out and the wind cranked up—but nobody could catch Great Britain's Team Holt in Sunday's 49er sailing finals. Full story >>

Downhill Mountain Biking: Get Down, Get Down
Gorge Games mountain bike events culminated in the ultimate test of speed, technical ability, and outright guts: the mountain bike downhill. Go to ZuluSports.com >>

Rock'm Sock'm Kayaks
Demolition derby meets whitewater kayaking in the Head-to-Head Kayaking race on the White Salmon River. Go to ZuluSports.com >>

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Day 4

image: Dean KarnazesEndurance Athlete Vies for Overall Title
With four events down and two to go in his bid for the overall prize, endurance athlete Dean Karnazes says he's feeling better than expected. Full story >>

Windsurf and Kiteboard Blowout:
Only the Strong Survive

In a contest as unique as the Gorge itself, the Blowout pits humans against the wind and the clock, for a true test of sailing skill and forearm strength. Go to ZuluSports.com >>

Home-Field Advantage in Freestyle Windsurfing
Under light wind conditions, the competitors had to reach deep into their bags of tricks. Go to ZuluSports.com >>

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Day 5

image: Julie Prochaska kiteboarding Q&A: Winning Kiteboarder
Julie Prochaska

After she won the women's Freestyle Kiteboarding contest, Zulusports.com spoke with Maui kiteboarder Julie Prochaska and found out just why she loves the sport.
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Big Air: The Freestyle Kiteboard Competition
Big wind, big airs and big wipeouts: The new sport of freestyle kiteboarding attracts large crowds at the Gorge Games. Go to ZuluSports.com >>

Spiders on the Wall: The Youth Climbing Competition
Meet some pint-sized Gorge Games athletes who are fearless and full of heart. Climbing teaches these little kids big lessons. Go to ZuluSports.com >>

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Day 6

image: Kayaker Gorge Athletes Live for Their Sports
To most people, a sport is a hobby. Not to these athletes, whose sports are their lives.
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Controversy Marks 24-Hour Mountain Bike Race
Riders are contesting the third-place slot in the men's solo division of the 24 Hour Mountain Bike race in a case of "Did so! Did not!" Go to ZuluSports.com >>

Breakfast with a Champion
Coffee, bagels, and the future of kiteboarding: a conversation with Flash Austin. Go to ZuluSports.com >>

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Day 7

image: Kayaker Watching Big Brother: Extreme Kayaking Race
The world-class whitewater of the White Salmon River hosts some of the world's best paddlers, who throw big hucks off a 30-foot [9-meter] drop and get pummeled by Class V rapids in the United States' premier extreme kayaking event.
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Third Place Reversal in 24-Hour MTB Race
Third place has officially been rescinded from John Dalman and awarded to Mike Curiak. Is there more controversy to come? Go to ZuluSports.com >>

Climbing Semifinals: Brown, Sharma Dominate
Forget fast-action thrills and spills, hairy head-to-head battles, and frenzied chases that make your head spin. Climbing is the thinking person's sport. Go to ZuluSports.com >>

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Day 8

image: triathlete Tobin and Touchette Lead All the Way in Off-Road Triathlon
An awesome course, perfect weather, and a spectacular show of athleticism marked the final event of the Subaru Gorge Games.
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At the Mercy of Fickle Wind Gods
We hear Hood River is a great place to go paragliding. We hear it's even part of the Gorge Games line-up. But we haven't actually seen it happen yet. Go to ZuluSports.com >>

Climbing Finals: Rands, Rosaasen Crawl Away with Victory
Incredibly tough problems and surprising twists of fate thrilled the crowd and left the climbing finalists hanging by their fingertips. Go to ZuluSports.com >>

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