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Kayakers fail to advance

9:00 am | August 26, 2004 | U.S. kayaker Kathryn Colin ended her competitive career Thursday after she and partner Lauren Spalding failed to advance to the finals of the women's K-2 500m flatwater race at the 2004 Summer Olympics.

Women's kayak team ousted in semifinals

9:34 am | August 25, 2004 | The four women that made up the U.S. K-4 kayak flatwater team were in disbelief Wednesday after their boat failed to qualify for the finals of the 500m flatwater race.

Kayak team fails to advance

9:08 am | August 25, 2004 | The hopes for a set of Olympic medals ended Wednesday for the two-man kayak team of Andrew Bussey and Jeffrey Smoke, who competed in the semifinal round of the K-2 1,000 meter flatwater race.

Colin, Spalding advance to kayak semifinals

10:58 am | August 24, 2004 | U.S. kayakers Kathryn Colin and Lauren Spalding beat two boats in the preliminary round of the two-woman kayak 500-meter flatwater competition Tuesday to advance to the semifinals at the 2004 Summer Olympics.

2-man kayakers down but not out

2:41 pm | August 23, 2004 | A seventh-place finish for kayakers Andrew Bussey and Jeffrey Smoke in the preliminary two-man kayak flatwater 1,000-meter competition Monday means the two will advance to Wednesday's semifinals.

Women kayakers advance despite last-place finish

1:01 pm | August 23, 2004 | Despite finishing last in its race, the U.S. four-women kayak flatwater team will move on to the semifinals in the 500-meter event at the 2004 Summer Olympics.

Quad sculls crew takes 11th place

11:41 am | August 21, 2004 | The U.S. men's quadruple sculls team finished 11th overall Saturday at the Schinias Olympic Rowing and Canoeing Center.

Kayaker competing despite family concerns

10:49 am | August 21, 2004 | Despite concerns for her mother, who is recovering from breast cancer and an injury to her twin sister and canoeing partner, Marie Mijalis will make her Olympic debut Monday in the four-woman kayak flatwater competition.

Jacobi, Taylor ousted in canoe semifinals

1:56 pm | August 20, 2004 | U.S. canoer Joe Jacobi and his partner Matt Taylor failed to make the finals Friday in the two-man canoe slalom race.

Parsons finishes sixth in kayak finals

1:40 pm | August 20, 2004 | Seconds after crossing the finish line sixth at the men's single kayak slalom finals of the 2004 Summer Olympics, U.S. kayaker Scott Parsons pumped his fist in the air and gave his boat three good pats.

Heyl bows out in single kayak semifinals

1:38 pm | August 20, 2004 | Brett Heyl of Norwich, Vt., was unable to match his fifth-place qualifying position in the men's single kayak and failed to make it out of Friday's semifinal round at the 2004 Summer Olympics.

Heyl fifth after first day of single kayak

11:26 am | August 19, 2004 | All it took was one good heat Thursday for American kayaker Brett Heyl to put himself in a good position for an Olympic medal.

Wisconsin kayaker wins Olympic silver

11:57 am | August 18, 2004 | After placing fifth in the preliminary competition for women's single kayak slalom Tuesday, 26-year-old Rebecca Giddens, a native of Green Bay, Wis., returned Wednesday and won the silver medal.

Kayaker advances to semifinals

12:41 pm | August 17, 2004 | American slalom kayaker Rebecca Giddens made maneuvering her boat through raging waters and strategically-placed gates look easy Tuesday at the Women's K-1 slalom whitewater competition, placing fifth and advancing to Wednesday's semifinals.

North Carolina canoe racer flips out

12:34 pm | August 17, 2004 | Representing the United States on the men's C-1 Canoe/Kayak whitewater slalom competition, Chris Ennis jr. flipped his boat during the first heat Tuesday, which put him dead last.

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Americans have forgotten how to play as a team

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Bade guns for gold, but comes up short

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