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Canoe Slalom

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Get ready for white-knuckle drama on the whitewater rapids. Inspired by slalom skiing, this sport has been in the Games since Munich 1972. Competitors navigate the course on board kayaks or canoes, in singles or doubles events.
Spectator's Guide - Canoe Slalom
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Schedule & Results

Schedule & Results

Canoe Slalom

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About

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Aim of the game

In either canoes or kayaks, athletes must complete a 250m white-water course, passing through gates and avoiding obstacles, in the shortest time possible

Why should you watch this?

High speed thrills, white-water rapids and obstacles, the tradition of canoeing is recreated on a man-made course that tests the competitors’ strength and skill to their limits

International Federation

ICF

Olympic debut

Munich 1972

Rules
  • Spraydeck

    Spraydeck

    The waterproof cover that keeps water from getting into the cockpit

  • Two

    Two

    A penalty of two seconds for touching a pole

  • Whitewater

    Whitewater

    The fast-flowing, rough water in which the canoe competition takes place, named after the white foam created by the waves

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  • Canoeing became popular in Switzerland in the 1930s as a summer months spin-off of slalom skiing

    Canoeing became popular in Switzerland in the 1930s as a summer months spin-off of slalom skiing

  • Slalom canoe first appeared in the Olympic programme at Munich 1972, but was excluded from the next four Games before returning at Barcelona 1992

    Slalom canoe first appeared in the Olympic programme at Munich 1972, but was excluded from the next four Games before returning at Barcelona 1992

  • At the Beijing 2008 Games, Benjamin Boukpeti became the first ever athlete from Togo to win an Olympic medal of any kind, taking bronze in the K-1 slalom event

    At the Beijing 2008 Games, Benjamin Boukpeti became the first ever athlete from Togo to win an Olympic medal of any kind, taking bronze in the K-1 slalom event

  • At the London 2012 Games, the British pairings of Baillie-Stott and Florence-Hounslow took the gold and silver medals in the C-2 event, to the joy of the home fans

    At the London 2012 Games, the British pairings of Baillie-Stott and Florence-Hounslow took the gold and silver medals in the C-2 event, to the joy of the home fans

  • Olympic champion at the Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and London 2012 Games, France’s Tony Estanguet holds the record for most golds in singles slalom canoeing

    Olympic champion at the Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and London 2012 Games, France’s Tony Estanguet holds the record for most golds in singles slalom canoeing

  • Slovak twins Peter and Pavol Hochschorner have won medals together in the last four Olympic C-2 events – three golds followed by bronze at London 2012

    Slovak twins Peter and Pavol Hochschorner have won medals together in the last four Olympic C-2 events – three golds followed by bronze at London 2012

  • For safety, athletes must wear helmets and life jackets

    For safety, athletes must wear helmets and life jackets

  • Kayaks were first built by indigenous North American tribes, including the Eskimos

    Kayaks were first built by indigenous North American tribes, including the Eskimos

  • Boats are identified by the letter K (kayak) or C (canoe) followed by the number of paddlers

    Boats are identified by the letter K (kayak) or C (canoe) followed by the number of paddlers

Course

The course comprises an artificial, 250m stretch of white-water.

Canoe

- Minimum 3.5m long for C1 and 4.1m for C2

- Competitors use single-blade paddles

Kayak

- Minimum 3.5m long      

- Competitors use double-blade paddles

Gates

Canoes and kayaks have to pass through 18-25 gates to complete the course. Green gates are negotiated in the direction of the current, and red gates against the current.

Penalties

Judges penalise competitors with time penalties for touching the gates (two seconds) or failing to pass through them (50 seconds).

Stats

Top Medalists

Men
SVK
Michal Martikan
2 2 1 5
SVK
Pavol Hochschorner
3 0 1 4
SVK
Peter Hochschorner
3 0 1 4
Women
CZE
Stepanka Hilgertova
2 0 0 2
SVK
Elena Kaliska
2 0 0 2
usa
Dana Chladek
0 1 1 2

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Athletes

Athletes & Teams

Gender

Gender
Woman 24
Men 76
Women
Men

Age Range

Age Range
Under 15 0
16 - 20 5
21 - 25 30
26 - 30 46
31 - 40 19
Over 40 0
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