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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.


The USA has had 7 Gold Medalists, 4 Silver Medalists and 6 Bronze Medalists in Sprint.






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  • Olympic Development Program (ODP)
    • The Olympic Development Program will serve as a forum to identify and develop athletes to represent the USA at domestic and international competitions. The foundation of the program is to identify athletes and pick teams with the view of supporting and encouraging those Sprint canoe and kayak athletes who have shown the potential and the desire to qualify for the 2020 and 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Teams.
  • Barton Bantams
    • The ACA in partnership with Epic Kayaks are proud to present the Barton Bantams Program to all current Bantam ACA members. This program is designed to encourage bantam athletes to train hard and smart throughout the fall season so that they can learn the importance of spending quality training time on the water and fine tuning their technique. This program is named after Greg Barton who competed in three Summer Olympic Games  (1984, 1988, and 1992) where he accumulated four medals including 2 gold medals (K1-1000m, K2 1000m in 1988) and two bronze medals in K1 1000m (1984 and 1992). Greg is the epitome of what it means to be a true role model both in and out of the kayak. It is our hope that current and future ACA paddlers will follow in Greg’s footsteps by participating in this program.


Racing Rules:

  • Sprint Racing Rules (PDF)


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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 Sprint Community:

  • Donate to Sprint (online)
  • Charitable Travel Contributions (online)



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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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