OKC turned out for the kickoff to Olympic Trials last night! More than 150 people gathered for Champagne and Oysters, a fundraiser to support Olympic Hopefuls training in Oklahoma City. Special guests included Thomas Konietzko, President of the International Canoe Federation, Beth Spellman, President of the American Canoe Association, Tammie Liddie, US Olympic & Paralympic Committee, and numerous Olympic athletes in both rowing and canoe/kayak.


RIVERSPORT Foundation board chair Gene Hopper and board members Tom Apel, Chad Niemann, Mike Ming, Chuck Walworth and Donovan Woods also attended. 


Olympic Trials are 9a to 1:30p Friday and 9a to 9p Saturday. 


Photos attached – High res photos available upon request.


Photo: Thomas Konietzko, Casey Eichfeld with Mike Knopp – Thomas Konietzko, International Canoe Federation President, joined Olympian Casey Eichfeld and RIVERSPORT Executive Director Mike Knopp at Champagne & Oysters, the kickoff for Olympic Team Trials in OKC.

Photo Credit: Lindsay Tesio