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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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Canoe slalom - Kayak Women
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Canoe slalom - Kayak Women

Silver medalist Luuka Jones of New Zealand, gold medalist Maialen Chourraut of Spain and bronze medalist Jessica Fox of Australia pose on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Women's Kayak (K1) 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 - Kayak Women

Maialen Chourraut of Spain competes during the Women's Kayak (K1) 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 - C-2 Men - Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Highlights of the Canoe Slalom - C-2 (Canoe Double) Men on Day 6 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Whitewater Stadium on August 11, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Canoe Slalom - K-1 Women - Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Highlights of the Canoe Slalom - K-1 (Kayak Single) Women on Day 6 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Whitewater Stadium on August 11, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Canoe Slalom - K-1 Kayak Single Men
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Canoe Slalom - K-1 Kayak Single Men

Peter Kauzer of Slovenia competes during the Kayak (K1) Men's Semi-final on Day 5 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Whitewater Stadium on August 10, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Canoe Slalom - K-1 Kayak Single Men
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Canoe Slalom - K-1 Kayak Single Men

Peter Kauzer of Slovenia competes during the Kayak (K1) Men's Semi-final on Day 5 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Whitewater Stadium on August 10, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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