Grigsby, Klein win Outdoor Games bass Gold
Grigsby, Klein run away with Bass Fishing gold
2002 gold and silver medalists lap the field… twice
RENO, Nev. — After settling for the silver medal in ESPN Great Outdoor Games' Bass Competition the past two years, Gary Klein came to the 2003 Games presented by Dodge with one thing on his mind — winning the gold medal.
Thanks to a two-day total of 31 pounds, 6 ounces pulled from California's Folsom Lake, Klein, a California native, and partner Shaw Grigsby finally captured that elusive medal on Saturday.
"We hammered them," said an excited Klein, who now lives in Weatherford, Texas. "This feels really good. Any time you have the opportunity to compete, you want to win; I really wanted win this gold medal.
"What made me realize the importance of the Great Outdoor Games was all the publicity Shaw got when he won last year. All I could think about all week was winning the gold."
Grigsby of Gainesville, Fla., matches the back-to-back gold medal performance of Jacksonville, Fla.'s Peter Thliveros with his second win in a row.
"This is awesome," Grigsby said. "It's very special to be at the Great Outdoor Games and to win the gold medal is even that much more special. This is the coolest event out there for any outdoor sports. I look forward to it all year and the coolest part about winning the gold is that I get to come back next year."
Claiming the silver medal were Prosperity, S.C., pro Davy Hite and Cedar Park, Texas pro Clark Wendlandt with 17 pounds, 14 ounces. Bronze medalists were the Missouri pair of Rick Clunn of Ava and Denny Brauer of Camden with 12½ pounds of Folsom Lake bass. Two-time gold medalist Peter Thliveros of Jacksonville, Fla. and partner Ron Shuffield of Bismarck, Ark., finished fourth with 11 pounds, 11 ounces of fish and Montgomery, Texas, pro Zell Rowland and Jerry Shawver II of Jacksonville, Fla. finished fifth with a total of 4 pounds, 4 ounces.
The fishing took place on California's Folsom Lake, with each team allowed to keep a total of seven fish each day. All fish were returned to Folsom Lake.