Sports Sunday - Olympic Whitewater Slalom Courses

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Sports Sunday - Olympic Whitewater Slalom Courses

Sunday, Jul 18 2010 by kjfitz
Whitewater Slalom (Canoe slalom through a course of hanging gates on since November 2008) is a competitive sport where the aim is to navigate a decked canoe or kayakriver rapids in the fastest time possible. It is one of the two kayak and canoeing disciplines at the Summer Olympics, and is referred to by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as "canoe slalom". The other Olympic canoeing discipline is canoe sprint. There is also wildwater, a non-Olympic paddlesport.

Slalom canoeing made its Olympic debut in 1972 in Augsburg, W. Germany. It was not seen again until 1992 in Seu d'Urgell as part of the Barcelona games. Since then, slalom paddling has been a regular at the Olympics.

1972: Augsburg, W. Germany

1992: La Seu d'Urgell, Spain

1996: Ocoee River, U.S.A.

2000: Penrith, Australia

2004: Athens, Greece

2008: Shunyi, China

2012: FUTURE: Broxbourne, England