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The Vail Valley-based "Behind the 8 Ball" team blasted through the entire 5-mile Numbers section of the Arkansas in 33 minutes to defend its title of U.S. Men's Whitewater Rafting Team on Tuesday night at the national championships, on the eve of the upcoming World Rafting Championships in South Korea. For full race photos, visit

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