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What is Slalom?


The Olympic discipline of canoe slalom is contested on a whitewater course with athletes navigating through a combination of 18-24 upstream(red) and downstream(green) gates.  Athletes have to navigate their canoe or kayak through 300m of whitewater rapids in the fastest time possible. A 2-second penalty is given for a touched gate, and if the gate is missed completely there is a 50-second penalty. Male athletes compete in three classes: Kayak (K1), Single Canoe (C1) and Double Canoe (C2). Women compete in kayak (K1W) and Single Canoe (C1W). Canoe Slalom, listed then on the Olympic program as "whitewater slalom", made its debut during the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, Germany and did not reappear until the 1992 Games in Barcelona, Spain.



  • Elite Athlete Slalom Director to the ACA Board: Scott Mann
  • Athlete Advisory Council (USOC)
    • Representative: Emily Mary Wright (contact / Bio)
    • Alternate: Brandon Holiday (contact / Bio)
  • United Airlines
  • Slalom Olympians
  • Slalom National Teams
    • 2018
    • 2017



Youth Development

  • Jr. National Team
  • PaddleStar
  • RacerQuest


Slalom Paddling Clubs

  • To be listed


Racing Rules


2018 Racing Rules


Selection Criteria

High Performance Plan

Reporting Abuse or Misconduct

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  • ACA Board of Directors
    • Competition Council
      • Slalom Committee
        • Slalom Coaches, sub-committee
        • Slalom Officials, sub-committee
        • Event Planning, sub-committee
        • Club Presidents, sub-committee
        • Slalom Olympians, sub-committee

National Office Staff 

  • Director of High Performance & Competition: Morgan House
    • Slalom High Performance Manager Zuzana Montagne
      • Slalom National Team Coach: Rafal Smolen 
      • Slalom Development Team Coach (currently searching for funding)



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Founded in 1880, The American Canoe Association (ACA) is a national nonprofit organization serving the broader paddling public by providing education related to all aspects of paddling; stewardship support to help protect paddling environments; and sanctioning of programs and events to promote paddlesport competition, exploration and recreation.

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