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Canoe Slalom


As with canoe sprint, canoe slalom also utilises canoes and kayaks, however there are some significant differences. The sport was modelled from ski slalom and began in Switzerland in 1932. In its early days, it was first performed on flat water, but later switched to white water rapids.

Variety of crafts

While canoe slalom basically uses the same type of craft as canoe sprint, the boats are designed differently. While in canoe sprint the boats are long and streamlined, in canoe slalom the boats are small, light and agile, allowing for greater manoeuvrability through the rapids. 

First competition

Canoe slalom became popular shortly before World War II with the first known competition occurring in 1933. The first International Federation to govern canoeing was the Internationale Repräsentantschaft für Kanusport (IRK) founded in 1924. After World War II, this organisation was succeeded by the International Canoe Federation (ICF) which governs both canoe sprint and canoe slalom as well as six other canoeing disciplines. It is located in Lausanne.

Olympic history

Canoe and kayak racing became full medal sports at the 1936 Berlin Games. However events were initially limited to canoe sprint until canoe slalom made its debut at the 1972 Munich Games. Slalom racing was not competed again in the Olympic Games until the 1992 Barcelona Games. Canoe slalom racers compete in four events, three for men and one for women, over the same course.

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Buenos Aires 2018 - Canoe - K1 - Obstacle Slalom - Men
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Buenos Aires 2018 - Canoe - K1 - Obstacle Slalom - Men

Lan Tominc of Slovenia in action during the Canoe - K1 - Obstacle Slalom - Men on Day 10 of the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games at the Diques Puerto Madero, Urban Park on October 16, 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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Buenos Aires 2018 - Canoe - C1 - Obstacle Slalom - Women
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Buenos Aires 2018 - Canoe - C1 - Obstacle Slalom - Women

Doriane Delassus of France in action during the Canoe - C1 - Obstacle Slalom - Women on Day 10 of the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games at Bosques de Palermo, Green Park. on October 16, 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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Buenos Aires 2018 - Canoe - C1 - Obstacle Slalom - Men
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Buenos Aires 2018 - Canoe - C1 - Obstacle Slalom - Men

Terence Benjamin Saramandif MRI competes in the Gold Medal match in the Canoeing C1 Obstacle Slalom for Men at the Diques Puerto Madero, Urban Park. The Youth Olympic Games, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Monday 15th October 2018.
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Buenos Aires 2018 - Canoe - K1 - Obstacle Slalom - Women
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Buenos Aires 2018 - Canoe - K1 - Obstacle Slalom - Women

Emanuela Luknarova SVK competes in the Canoeing K1 Obstacle Slalom Women Repechages at the Diques Puerto Madero, Urban Park. The Youth Olympic Games, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Monday 15th October 2018.
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Canoe slalom - Canoe Double Men
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Canoe slalom - Canoe Double Men

Jonas Kaspar and Marek Sindler of the Czech Republic compete during the Men's Canoe Double (C2) Semi-final on Day 6 of the Rio 2016 Olympics at Whitewater Stadium on August 11, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Canoe slalom - Canoe Double Men
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Canoe slalom - Canoe Double Men

Devin McEwan of the United States of America and Casey Eichfeld of the United States compete during the Men's Canoe Double (C2) Final on Day 6 of the Rio 2016 Olympics at Whitewater Stadium on August 11, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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