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Reno River–raised paddler Jason Craig scores a place in SI.com pictures of the week



Homegrown Reno whitewater paddler and current world junior champion Jason Craig hangs with the world’s top athletes in this week’s “Leading Off: Pictures of the Week” on Sports Illustrated’s website, SI.com. Nestled between international sports legends and current national events including the World Cup, Tour de France and even NASCAR, Craig is shown negotiating a waterfall following the U.S. National Freestyle Kayak Team Trials held July 2 in Missoula, Mont., where he snagged a second place finish.

Having just wrapped an incredible season including being named “Paddler of the Future” by Canoe & Kayak Magazine’s March 2010 Best of Issue as well as a “Rider of the Year Nomination” for the Rider of the Year Awards 2010, Craig also captured first place finishes at the Auburn River Festival in Auburn, Calif., and the Gunnison River Festival in Gunnison, Colo. He also took second place during the U.S. National Championship Series, the Teva Mountain Games in Vail, Colo., and his hometown event the Reno River Festival in May.

Coverage of the Teva Mountain Games airs in 150 plus markets starting July 17 including 4 p.m. July 17 on WCBS in New York, 1 p.m. Aug. 1 on KABC in Los Angeles and 12 p.m. Aug. 8 and 3 p.m. Aug. 22 on KOLO in Reno.

Craig’s introduction to kayaking began during the inaugural Reno River Festival at a free clinic, and he was hooked at age 11. Now 16, Craig’s consistent high scoring places him as a powerhouse against many of today’s top reigning world champions.

Craig is sponsored by DrinkNeuro, Kokatat Water Sportswear, Jackson Kayak, Smith Optics, Sweet Helmets, Lightening Paddles, Snap Dragon Designs, Tribe and Truckee River Foundation.

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