First Day Of Competition Sees U.S.A. Take Lead in Medal Count

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. - July 12, 2001 - As day one of the ESPN Great Outdoor Games presented by Jeep wound to a close, competitors in the Bass Fishing event were preparing for their final practice day.

Defending BASS Masters Classic Champion Woo Daves is hoping to make the final practice useful.

"This is a unique lake," Daves said of Ossetah Lake, site of the competition. "It offers both largemouth and smallmouth bass in good numbers. In order to win the event, an angler will need to catch at least one good size largemouth, because limits should be plentiful."

The format for competition in the event will see the 11 competitors square off during Saturday's preliminary round which will cut the field to 5 for Sunday's finale.

In other action during Day One, the U.S.A. took the lead in the medal count, amassing 10 total medals with 3 golds, 3 silvers and 4 bronzes. Australia and New Zealand are tied for second with one medal each.

Matt "Bushwhacker" Bush was the lone American on the medallists' platform after the Springboard competition in the Oval in Lake Placid today. Australian Mitch Hewitt snared the gold medal, and the silver went to New Zealander David Bolstad.

Jerry Day used his 20 years of experience in field trials and hunt tests and the talent of his Labrador retriever Sue to capture the gold medal at Mirror Lake in Lake Placid today. The 61-year-old is a resident of College Park, Ga.

Mandy Erdmann was just one member of a Women's Boom Run field crowded by Wisconsin residents. Erdmann held off her competitors from all states to win the gold medal in the event, as fellow Wisconsin natives Shana Martin and Maggie Bulk took the silver and bronze, respectively.

J.R. Salzman may have moved out of Wisconsin, the unofficial home of logging events, but the 25-year-old student, lumberjack, and Minnesota resident claimed his second ESPN Great Outdoor Games gold medal by winning the Men's Boom Run competition on Mirror Lake in Lake Placid.

The ESPN Great Outdoor Games feature more than 250 competitors from 29

states and five countries competing for medals and prize money in four sport categories. The free-to-the-public event is July 12-15 in Lake Placid, NY. Television coverage begins July 26 on ESPN. Event and telecast information can be found at http://www.greatoutdoorgames.com

Story Courtesy of ESPN