Whitewater spectacular begins Thursday

By John LaConte

EAGLE COUNTY — The renowned FIBArk festival doubles as the whitewater rafting national championships this year, and several locals will paddling for a shot at the gold.The six-person whitewater rafting championships are comprised of a downriver sprint, a slalom, a head-to-head battle and a time trial, beginning today. The winning team will represent Team USA at the six-person whitewater rafting world championships in October on the Yoshino River in Japan.Many of the competitors headed to the Arkansas River to race today also competed in the four-person national championships in Oregon in April. Eagle County racers Team 9 Ball came away …

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