ESPN Great Outdoor Games Day 4 wrap-up
ESPN Outdoors Communications July 14, 2002
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. The 2002 edition of the ESPN Great Outdoor Games presented by Dodge wound to a close here Sunday, but not before medals were awarded in six sports.
Sporting Dogs and Timber took center stage on the final day, with medals awarded in the Large and Small Dog Agility categories, likewise in the Large Dog Super Weave event and also in Retriever Trials. In Timber, medals were presented in Tree Topping and the Timber Team Relay.
A crowd of 7,400 attended the final day's festivities, boosting the four-day attendance numbers at this year's event to a record 57,050. In 2001 the Games drew, 31,070.
"This has been a great week for the Great Outdoor Games," said Michael Rooney, senior vice president and general manager of ESPN Outdoors.
"We enjoyed large, enthusiastic crowds at all of the venues and they were witness to some of the best outdoor athletic performances in the world. This event continues to grow in popularity, both on site and with television viewers."
In Retriver Trials, Alexandra Washburn and Ticket from The Plains, Va., had the golden touch and topped the field. Jerry Day's Super Sue from College Park, Ga., claimed silver and Larry McMurray of Little Rock, Ark., and his dog Pepper took bronze.
"Ticket's a great dog and she's usually pretty consistent and a good competitor," said Washburn, who has competed in hunt tests and field trials for the past 15 years. "She's had the best year of her life this last year, and that's pretty unusual (for a 9-year-old dog).
"She was just consistent throughout."
Erin Schaefer and Jag of Phoenixville, Pa. won the Small Dog Agility event, completing the sweep in the small-dog category. Jag also won gold in Saturday's Super Weave event. Shimmer, trained by Barbara Davis of Newman Lake, Wash., claimed the silver, and Turbo, trained by Baraba Lombard of Simi Valley, Calif., took bronze.
Rhonda Carter and her dog Scout of Houston, Texas, claimed gold in the Large Dog Super Weave event by defeating the Lapeer, Mich., team of Jennifer Pinder and Static. Lacey, trained by Darrell Bommarito of Sterling Heights, Mich., took home the bronze.
In the Large Dog Agility event, Olga Chaiko and Luz of North Hollywood, Calif., took gold over Secret, trained by Stacy Peardot-Goudy from La Porte, Colo. North Sandwich, N.H.. competitors Julie Daniels and her dog Spring took the bronze.
The Timber Team Relay, the final event of the 2002 ESPN Great Outdoor Games, was claimed by Team Clarke. (Andy Colle, Syracuse, N.Y.; Ray Gleason, Randale, Wash.; Dion Lane, Aukland, New Zealand; Alyson Clarke, Dargaville, North Island, New Zealand; and Arden Cogar Jr., Charleston, W.Va.) defeated Team Strong (Bryan Schulz, Silverdale, Wash.; Cassidy Scheer, Hayward, Wis.; Jerry Scutt, Portville, N.Y.; Shannon Strong, Bantam, Conn.; Matt Bush, Croghan, N.Y.) for the gold. Team Taylor (Cal Richert, Juneau, Alaska; Greg Hart, Maple Ridge, B.C., Canada; Mike Sullivan, Winstead, Conn.; Sheree Taylor, Te Aroha, New Zealand; Dave Jewett, Pittsford, N.Y.) took home the bronze.
"We just took our time and did it," explained Clarke. "Everything just came together."
A pair of Canadians battled it out for the gold in the Tree Topping competition with Parksville, B.C.'s Wade Stewart claiming the victory. Greg Hart of Maple Ridge, B.C. claimed the silver, and bronze went to Brian Bartow of Grant's Pass, Ore.
Stewart credited the win to a very basic change.
"A brand-new saw and more practice," he said. "A lot of guys have been getting new equipment in the last year or so and I've been using my same old saw."
The United States dominated the international medal count, claiming a total of 68 medals, 23 of them gold. New Zealand garnered 7 medals to edge Canada for second place. Wisconsin athletes earned 14 medals to have bragging rights among the states.
United States 23 24 21 68
Wisconsin 4 5 5 14
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