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Miami Lawyer Paul M. Clermont III.

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Caption: MIAMI LAWYER PAUL M. CLERMONT III was a member of Team U.S.A. that captured a gold medal in the 2,000 meter race and a silver medal in the 1,000 meter race at the Ninth Annual World Dragon Boat Racing Championships at the Regatta Center in Prague, Czech Republic, in August sponsored by the International Dragon Boat Federation. Dragon boating is often considered the oldest continuously raced sport in the world (dating back to about 400 B.C.) and is practiced by millions of recreational and competitive teams throughout the world. Clermont (pictured on the right six rows back on boat 3 above) said he was introduced to the sport while in law school at the University of Pittsburgh. He hooked up with dragon boat racing in Miami about a year ago, found it fun, and has been doing it ever since. He competed in an open tryout through the Philadelphia Dragon Boat Association to make the American team that traveled to the world championships. Each team has 22 members--20 paddlers, a drummer, and a steersman. The drummer or caller may be considered the "heartbeat" of the dragon boat, and leads the crew throughout a race with the rhythmic beating of a drum to indicate the timing and frequency of paddling strokes. When Clermont is not competing on the U.S. Dragon Boat Racing Team, he practices in Carlton Fields' corporate, securities, and tax practice group.

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