Olympic Course Being Built in Gold Hill Backyard

, Posted: Mon, July 30 2012 at 5:41 PM, Updated: Mon, July 30 2012 at 6:22 PM

Going for the gold sometimes means having an olympic dream... not for yourself, but for others.
Right now in Gold Hill, one man is hoping the contribution of his own backyard will mean the next Olympic kayaker comes from oregon.
In gold hill, an olympic kayaking course is underway, all thanks to the help of one resident who was part of the Olympic Rowing Team in 1980, and now lives along the river.

Nature made an olympic course in his backyard.
"The guy who designed the 1996 Olympic course," says Steve Kiesling, "...came out here and said this could be the best natural white water course in the world."

Starting along the Rogue River behind Steve Kiesling's house - he and gold medalist Oliver Fix are working to make a Kayak Slalum Olympic training course.

"This rapid here is a beginning slalum course class one, class one and a half," Kiesling says of the area directly along his property.

He says they've got the gear, they're putting up gates, and Fix is teaching clinics.

"We have this incredible sight and the coach for 2004, it's not completely far fetched for us to have Olympic athletes to be right here." A goal he hopes to make a reality by 2016 or 2020.

"If you can kayak these rapids you can kayak anywhere."    
Training athletes to go anywhere starting right here in Gold Hill,Oregon.

Kiesling says they still need a parking lot and help installing the gates and a conveyor belt.  

An open house for the course will take place on August 11th at 11 a.m. just below 1275 Upper River Rd., in Gold Hill.

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