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Slalom: Canoe & Kayak
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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.

Events

Athletes

  • 2018 Athlete Criteria (PDF)
    • eligibility requirements for US Olympic Committee Direct Athlete Support (DAS)
  • Grievance Process (online)
  • 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

 

Selection Criteria

High Performance Plan

Other

Governance

  • 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 (position filled - announcement on January 16th)
      • 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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