Friday, September 2, 2011

Hickory Nut Gorge (Pickleball) Olympiad

The Hickory Nut Gorge Olympiad is a three day Family sports Festival held in Lake Lure, North Carolina.   On Friday August 26th, under the direction of Don "Smoke" Hickman, pickleball was played on the tennis courts at the Rumbling Bald Resort.  This amazing video was prepared and sent to us from  pickleball player, Dick Stone, from Keowee Key, SC. 

According to Smoke.... "31 players participated in an open Pickleball Tournament at Lake Lure, North Carolina. as part of the Hickory Nut Olympiad games. Participants came from the Upstate Pickleball Group in Greenville, SC; Fletcher-Arden, NC; Keowee Key ,SC;  Brevard, NC, Hendersonville, as well as Lake Lure, NC. Competition was keen and all had a great time playing, participating, talking and sweating."

The winners were:
 Mixed Doubles - Mike Kaplan and Jan Amacher from the Upstate Pickleball Group in Greensville, SC.
Men's Doubles....Larry Formicella and Paul Coletta from Fletcher, NC.
 Women's Doubles: Laurel and Karen (sorry  we don't have last names!) of Brevard, NC.

 There is also a great write up and pictures on the  Upstate Pickleball Group's website and you can CLICK HERE for all the pictures from the event.

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