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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 (MK1), Single Canoe (MC1) and Mixed Double Canoe (C2Mix). Female athletes also compete in three classes: kayak (WK1), Single Canoe (WC1), and Mixed Double Canoe (C2Mix). 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.


In the previous Olympics, the USA has had 1 Gold Medal (C2M), 2 Silver Medals (WK1) and 2 Bronze Medals (MC1 & WK1) in Slalom.









  • Athlete Code of Conduct (2019)
  • Selection Criteria
    • 2020 Tokyo Olympics
      • DRAFT Selection Procedures (PDF)
    • 2019 U.S. National Slalom & Extreme Teams Selection Procedures (PDF)
      • Addendum to the 2019 Athlete Selection Procedures (PDF)
      • Selection Procedures Letter (PDF)
      • Selection Procedures EAP Calculation (PDF)
    • 2019 Pan American Games (PDF)
    • 2019 U.S. National Teams (PDF)
  • 2018 USOC DAS Athlete Criteria (PDF)
    • Eligibility requirements for US Olympic Committee Direct Athlete Support (DAS)
  • Travel
  • Athlete Grievance Process (online)
  • U.S. Center for SafeSport (ACA Policies / U.S. Center for SafeSport)
  • U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA
  • Elite Athlete Slalom Director to the ACA Board
  • Athlete Advisory Council (USOC)
    • Representative: Emily Mary Wright (contact / Bio)
    • Alternate: Brandon Holiday (contact / Bio)
  • Slalom National Teams
  • Slalom Olympians (excel)
  • Grants:


Racing Rules:

  • Racing Rules - 2018 (PDF)




  • Slalom Officials Policy (PDF)



  • Review ACA Volunteer and Staff Selection Procedures (PDF)
  • Submit Staff/Volunteer Code of Conduct (PDF)
  • Complete SafeSport Training:
  • Successfully pass the NCIS Background Check (PDF)
  • Will register my whereabouts with the U.S. State Department Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) while traveling for international events at:
  • Background Check (Link)


Slalom Paddling Clubs:

  • Nantahala Racing Club: Bryson City, NC (NRC)
  • Mach 1 Slalom Team: State College, PA (Mach1)
  • Potomac Whitewater Racing Center: Potomac, MD (PWRC)
  • Durango Whitewater: Durango, CO. (DW)
  • Team Colorado: Colorado Front Range. (TC)



In Memory Of:


  • First Coach of U.S. Whitewater Team - Jay Evans



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: 



Support the Slalom Community:

  • Donate to Slalom (online)
  • Charitable Travel Contributions (webpage)




  • 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
      • Slalom Committee Meeting Minutes
        • February 19, 2019 (PDF)
        • February 5, 2019 (PDF)
        • 2018 Meeting Minutes (PDF)


National Office Staff: 

  • Director of High Performance & Competition: vacant
    • Slalom High Performance Manager: vacant



ACA Mission

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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