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On The Ocoee For An Olympic Whitewater Odyssey

A GoPro view from Ray Bassett on a raft on the Upper Ocoee.
Jill Woodruff / UTC
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Twenty-five years ago, the Olympics came to Southeast Tennessee.

In 1996, the Ocoee River hosted the whitewater slalom competition for the Summer Olympics in Atlanta.  

The Ocoee Whitewater Center was built for the occasion - and stands to this day.  

 

Competing for the United States:  Wayne Dickert from Bradley County - and Horace Holden.

Horace Holden
Credit Allen Mincey / Cleveland Daily Banner
Horace Holden
A snapshot of a Cleveland Daily Banner photo of Horace Holden, UTC’s Jill Woodruff and Ray Bassett on a raft on the Upper Ocoee.
Credit Jill Woodruff / UTC
A snapshot of a Cleveland Daily Banner photo of Horace Holden, UTC’s Jill Woodruff and Ray Bassett on a raft on the Upper Ocoee.

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