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TRI-CITIES 2008: U-1 Elam and Dave Villwock will defend Columbia Cup

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The Ellstrom team missed the first three races of the year so they could save their resources for exhibitions in the Middle East this winter. Since it's too late to defend their national points title this year, they weren't sure it was worth the time and money to travel to the Tri-Cities from Seattle for next weekend's Columbia Cup.

"We're still trying to do things overseas that cost a lot of money," said U-1's Erick Ellstrom. In the end though, they decided it just wouldn't be right to miss the event they've own three years in a row.

"We can't miss Tri-Cities," Ellstrom told KNDU/HydroInsider.com's Scott Reister. "We relinquished our championship, so we considered sitting it out. But we're coming."

"We love the race site there," he said.
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