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What is Sprint?

 

The Olympic discipline of canoe sprint is contested on flatwater over four distances – 200m, 500m, 1000m & 5000m. Introduced to the Games in 1924 it became a full medal sport by the 1936 Berlin Games.

 

In Canoe Sprint events, athletes race on a straight course with each boat in a separate lane.  There are kayak events in single(K1), double(K2) and four(K4) boats, and canoe events in single(C1) and double(C2) boats. In a kayak, the paddler is seated and uses a two-blade paddle, while in a canoe, the paddler is kneeling on one knee, and uses a single-blade paddle. 

 

Learn more at: www.americancanoe.org/Sprint

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Learn more at: www.americancanoe.org/Slalom

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