For sports lovers looking for non-Preakness entertainment tomorrow, the place to be is the Savage River in Western Maryland's Garrett County. That's where the Olympic trials for whitewater slalom racing take place, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., tomorrow and again on Sunday.
It isn't often that Marylanders get a chance to host an Olympic trial of this nature, and certainly not one as breathtaking as this one. Competitors, male and female, navigate a 350-meter course with 25 gates along the raging river. For the first time in 20 years, this whitewater competition is back on the Olympic stage, and the American team will be chosen on the Savage River segment just north of Bloomington. Bethesda resident Jon Lugbill, the sport's reigning superstar, heads the list of kayakers this weekend. It promises to be a true Olympic-sized test of whitewater skills.