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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)



  • Nationals
    • 2018
      • August 1-4, 2018 in Oklahoma City, OK
    • 2019
      • The Sprint Events Committee is seeking potential host sites for the 2019 Sprint Nationals Championships which are to be held in the East region.  As per the current Rules and Regulations:
        • Rule 61.2. The National Championships shall move on a regional rotational basis from one year to the next. The rotation is West to Central to East and back to the West region.
      • NOTE:
        • a.Due to no West region applicants the 2018 Sprint Nationals will be held in the Central region – Oklahoma City, OK.
        • b.2019 Sprint Nationals are to be held in the East Region.
      • To initiate the multi-step bid process contact Missy Hill, via email at, no later than November 27, 2017 to receive the Intention to Host form.
  • Team Trials
    • 2018
      • no Trials are to be held in 2018
      • USA National Teams will be selected from ODP Training Squads
    • 2019
      • TBD
  • Sprint Racing Calendar
  • Coaching Certification Courses



  • November 24, 2017: deadline for Elite Athlete Director nominations to the ACA Board of Directors 
  • 2018 Athlete Criteria (PDF)
    • eligibility requirements for US Olympic Committee Direct Athlete Support (DAS)
  • Grievance Process (online)
  • Athlete Advisory Council (USOC)
    • Representative: Emily Mary Wright (contact / Bio)
    • Alternate: Brandon Holiday (contact / Bio)
  • Sprint Olympians
  • Sprint National Teams
    • 2018
    • 2017

Youth Development

  • Barton Bantams
  • PaddleStar
  • RacerQuest


Sprint Paddling Clubs

  • To be listed


Racing Rules


Selection Criteria

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

High Performance Plan



  • 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

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