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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. 


Olympic Development Program (ODP)


The Olympic Development Program will serve as a forum to identify and develop athlete’s to represent the USA at domestic and international competitions. The foundation of the program is to identify athlete’s and pick teams with the view of supporting and encouraging those Sprint canoe and kayak athlete’s who have shown the potential and the desire to qualify for the 2020 and 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Teams.

  • ODP 2018 Overview (PDF)
  • ODP Athlete Data Sheet (online / PDF / Word)
  • ODP $50 Application Fee (online)
  • ODP 2018 Teams and Pathways (PDF)
  • ODP 2018 World Championships Teams and Pathways (PDF)
  • 2018 Team Acceptance Deposit and Travel Payment Procedure (PDF)
  • 2018 ODP Athletes
  • JR & U23 World Championships Bulletin 1 (PDF)





  • 2018 Athlete Criteria (PDF)
    • eligibility requirements for US Olympic Committee Direct Athlete Support (DAS)
  • Athlete Grievance Process (online)
  • Elite Athlete Sprint Director to the ACA Board: Stanton Collins
  • Athlete Advisory Council (USOC)
    • Representative: Emily Mary Wright (contact / Bio)
    • Alternate: Brandon Holiday (contact / Bio)
  • United Airlines
  • Sprint Olympians
  • Sprint National Teams
    • 2018
    • 2017





Youth Development

  • Barton Bantams
  • PaddleStar
  • RacerQuest


Sprint Paddling Clubs

  • To be listed


Racing Rules 

  • 2018 Sprint Racing Rules (PDF)


Selection Criteria

  • Olympic Hopes Regatta
  • Pan American Games
  • 2020 Tokyo Olympics

High Performance Plan

Reporting Abuse or Misconduct

To report forms of misconduct or abuse, such as sexual, emotional or physical misconduct, bullying, hazing or harassment, please report via: 




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

National Office Staff 



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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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