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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.




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.


Olympic Hopes Regatta (OHR)


The Olympic Hopes Regatta is a premiere international event for athletes born in years U17 2001, U16 2002, and U15 2003. The OHR Team USA has continually evolved to provide an unparalleled at cost overall trip value and athlete experience for athletes traveling internationally for the first time as well as experienced competitors looking for elite international age group competition in a club-like setting.


Barton Bantams


2018 Events





 Racing Rules: 

Coaches & Volunteer Info


Sprint Paddling Clubs:



High Performance Plans:

  • 2019 (in development)
  • 2018


In Memory Of:


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:



  • 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: 



more Event Calendar

SEIC Meeting

3/2/2019 » 3/3/2019
ACA Board of Directors Meeting

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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