Christina Miranda – Paddler Bio (Phantom Dragons)


Christina Miranda  

Christina Miranda joined the Phantom Dragons in 2016 after a life-long search for a sport that would not involve balls whizzing straight at her admittedly large target of a noggin. Christina loves the sound of the water swishing off the sides of the dragon boat, and being able to see the finish line while paddling. 

Christina has participated in dragon boat races with the Phantom Dragons at the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival in Denver, and events in Grand Lake, Colorado and Tempe, Arizona.  She looks forward to joining the team in more exotic racing locales such as San Francisco and Portland. In her off the water life, Christina is proud to serve in the Air Force Reserves, and at the Colorado Department of Labor. 

 

Kamikaze Launches 4000+ in Punkin Chunkin Colorado 2K17

Kamikaze Launches 4000+ in Punkin Chunkin Colorado 2K17!

Click on Photo for Video of Launch!

DRACO was well-represented at this year’s Punkin Chunkin Colorado, a two-day, nationally-sanctioned pumpkin launching competition held in Aurora, Colorado on October 7-8, 2017.  This is an annual event for members of the Phantom Dragons / Pink Phantoms crews, providing an opportunity to gain publicity for DRACO and our breast cancer survivor (BCS) program.

We had a great competition this year. Although we didn’t have quite the distance capability of the two largest air cannons that competed (each of which set a new world record for launch distance, the last an amazing 4,970 feet), we did set a personal record for our launcher of 4,084 feet, earning us a seat in the prestigious 4,000+ Club!

Punkin Chunkin Photos / Video

Photos taken at the event can be seen at the following link.  Also included are a number of photos showing modifications to our compressed air cannon, Kamikaze (Divine Wind) to get it ready for this year’s launch.

Kamikaze – Punkin Chunkin CO 2K17

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DRACO Hosts Shining Stars Dragon Boat Race

On September 9, 2017, DRACO hosted a dragon boat race on Lake Arbor for the Shining Stars Foundation kids and their families.  The event was a great success, and everyone had a wonderful time.  

Shining Stars Dragon Boat Articles / Photos

Here’s a link to a Shining Stars newsletter, describing the event:  Dragon Boat Races  

More photos can be seen here:  Shining Stars Dragon Boat Races

The event was so successful that planning is already underway for another Shining Stars dragon boat race next year!

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Phantoms Win Division in Colorado Springs

Phantoms Win Division!!!  Congratulations to the Phantom Dragons / Pink Phantoms crew for their outstanding performance in the 2K17 Colorado Springs International Dragon Boat Festival. The crew put together a series of outstanding races, capturing the Mixed Division Consolation Championship trophy.  Great job, Phantoms!!! 

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Additional photos and video clips shot at the event are posted here:

Phantom Dragons / Pink Phantoms – Colorado Springs 2K17

 

 

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Great Phantoms Performance at CDBF 2K17

Great Phantoms Performance at CDBF 2K17!!!  The Phantom Dragons / Pink Phantoms performed well at the 2K17 Colorado Dragon Boat Festival.  The crew placed well in every division, capturing 3rd Place in the 500-Meter Recreational Division, 3rd Place in the 250-Meter Recreational B Division, and 2nd Place in the 125-Meter Recreational Division.  Outstanding Job, Phantoms! 

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For this event, we allowed a Denver Post videographer to mount a 360 degree camera on the dragon boat during our races.  Here’s a link to one of the videos:  

Phantoms in 360°

Additional photos and video clips shot at the event are posted here:

Phantom Dragons / Pink Phantoms – CDBF 2K17

 

 

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Phantom Dragons / Pink Phantoms Compete in Arizona

Congratulations to the Phantom Dragons / Pink Phantoms crew for their strong showing in the 2017 Arizona Dragon Boat Festival held March 25-26, 2K17. Short-handed for the event (as usual), the Phantoms crew had some much appreciated help from a wide variety of paddlers from other areas.  Many thanks to everyone who joined forces w/ us to race in this event!

Results and Photos

This year’s Arizona Festival was a very competitive event.  Check out the full Race Results

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additional photos of the event are posted here:

Phantom Dragons / Pink Phantoms – Arizona 2K17

 

 

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Phantom Dragons / Pink Phantoms Race in Arizona

Congratulations to the Phantom Dragons / Pink Phantoms, who raced in the 2016 Arizona Dragon Boat Festival held October 1-2, 2K16. Always short-handed for the event, the Phantoms crew received some greatly appreciated help from a wide variety of paddlers from other parts of the US and Canada.  Many thanks to everyone who made it possible for us to race in this event!

Results and Photos

The Arizona Festival is always a very competitive event.  Check out the full Race Results

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Phantom Dragons / Pink Phantoms Race in Colorado Springs

Congratulations to the Phantom Dragons / Pink Phantoms crew for their outstanding performance in the 2K16 GWN/Colorado Springs International Dragon Boat Festival. This was a great event, very professionally organized and run, and featuring a higher level of competition than the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival.  A highlight of the day was the Cancer Survivor Ceremony. It was great to see the two cancer survivor groups, including our own Pink Phantoms, get some well-deserved recognition. 

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Additional photos and video clips shot at the event are posted here:

Phantom Dragons / Pink Phantoms – Colorado Springs 2K16

 

 

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Phantoms Win CDBF Bling

Phantoms Win CDBF Bling!!!  The Phantom Dragons / Pink Phantoms crew raced to a strong finish at the 2K16 Colorado Dragon Boat Festival.  The crew performed well in every division, capturing 3rd Place in the 120-Meter Competitive Division, 2nd Place in the 500-Meter Recreational Division, and 1st Place in the 250-Meter Recreational Division.  Congratulations Phantoms! 

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Additional photos and video clips shot at the event are posted here:

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Pool Simulator a Hit with New BCS Paddlers

We continue to make minor improvements to DRACO’s new, second-generation pool paddling simulator (Sinker), and it is proving to be a great hit with our Phantom Dragons and new BCS paddlers.  Below are photos taken during recent practice sessions.

Pool Simulator Practice Photos

Pool Simulator Practice 19Mar2K16

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Paddles Up!

Paddles Up!

Phantom Dragons paddlers, ready for "Sinker's" maiden voyage!

Phantom Dragons paddlers, ready for “Sinker’s” maiden voyage!

 

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