Thliveros Re-Petes as Bass
at the Great Outdoor Games
Florida pro reverts to last
to claim the Gold Medal
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. - July 15, 2001 - Entering
the bass fishing competition at the ESPN Great Outdoor Games
presented by Jeep, Peter Thliveros thought repeating his Gold
medal performance of a year ago would be a longshot. However
that's exactly what he did weighing in 12 pounds, 4 ounces during
feels great," said Thliveros of Jacksonville, Fla. "It
is a personal triumph that leaves a real good feeling inside.
A lot of things came together for me the right way today. It
takes your breath away when you realize the caliber of the competition,
Medalists - Bass
Fishing - Gary Klein (Second Place),
Peter Thliveros (First Place) and Clark
Wendlendt (Third Place)
Thliveros' winning pattern turned out to
be the exact same technique he used during the 2000 games.
"I pitched a Zoom pitching tube (black
and red flake) into the same grassbed that I fished last year,"
explained Thliveros. "When I tried the grassbed during practice,
it had shrunk since last year and I didn't think I would catch
anything off it."
Gary Klein of Weatherford, Texas, finished
second, claiming the Silver medal with 11-2.
"This was fantastic," said Klein.
"It was better than I was anticipating. I did lose a fish
around Noon that might have given me a shot at winning, but it
was a great day."
The Bronze medal went to Clark Wendlandt
of Cedar Park, Texas, who brought in 10-9.
"I caught a lot of fish and had a
lot of fun," said Wendlandt. "It feels great to have
finished third, with the caliber of competition that was involved
in this event."
Contenders in the event included reigning
BASS Masters Classic Champion Woo Daves, 4-time Classic Champion
Rick Clunn, 2-time B.A.S.S. Angler-of-the-Year Klein, 2000 B.A.S.S.
Angler-of-the-Year Tim Horton, 9-time B.A.S.S. Angler-of-the
Year Roland Martin, 2-time B.A.S.S. Angler-of-the Year and Classic
Champion Larry Nixon, 2000 GOG Silver Medalist Scott Martin,
2000 GOG Bronze Medalist Randy Blaukat and Steve Daniel.
After bringing in the top weights during
Saturday's qualifying round, the father-son duo of Roland and
Scott Martin fell short. Scott brought in 9-2 to finish just
ahead of his father Roland, who finished fifth with 6-10.
Next stop for Thliveros, Wendlandt, and
the elder Martin is the 31st BASS Masters Classic in New Orelans,
La., August 2-4. Fishing's biggest event will receive same-day
coverage on ESPN 2.
All of the anglers in the event utilized
Triton Tr-21 bass boats equipped with 225 horsepower Mercury
EFI outboards, Motorguide trolling motors and Lowrance electronics.
The rigs were towed by Jeep Grand Cherokees.
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.
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