Parsons to make second Olympic appearance

Olympic trials Saturday - Scott Parsons
Former Olympian Scott Parsons competes in the Olympic Team Trials for whitewater slalom at the US National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, NC on April 26, 2008.

Former Olympian Scott Parsons will be going to the games again this year, after securing the sole spot for a male kayaker on the US whitewater slalom Olympic team. Parsons, of Bethesda, Maryland, secured his spot by placing 3rd overall at a world cup event today in Augsburg, Germany.

Parsons faced intense competition for the Olympic spot from 2004 Olympic teammate Brett Heyl, who placed 15th overall, and 2007 national champion Scott Mann, who finished 6th.

Parsons now joins the C2 (tandem canoe) team of Casey Eichfeld and Rick Powell, both from Pennsylvania, as the only athletes in whitewater slalom to have secured a chance to go to Beijing in just over a month.

The Augsburg world cup continues tomorrow with the finals in C1 (men's solo canoe) and K1W (solo women's kayak). The results of these finals will determine who will join Parsons, Powell and Eichfeld in Beijing.

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