Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 10/7/14
New Zealand kayaker Mike Dawson failed to qualify for the Olympic men's kayak slalom finals Wednesday after being penalized 100 seconds for missing two gates. This time, Dawson's mother had nothing to do with it. Kay Dawson, a judge for the event won by Italy's Daniele Molmenti, penalized her son two seconds for hitting a gate Sunday, but Mike Dawson still advanced. On Wednesday, however, he missed a wave toward the end of his semifinal run and failed to go through two consecutive gates. Each miss cost him 50 seconds, putting Dawson in last place and out of the 10-man final. But Kay Dawson was stationed at an earlier gate, which Mike passed through without any issues. "It's a sport with so many variables. It's real easy to make mistakes, especially when you're racing semifinals and you're pushing everything to get one of those elusive 10 spots which fill up pretty fast," Mike Dawson said. "There's no holding back and trying to play it safe." Molmenti, meanwhile, gave himself a ...
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