Sports Sunday - Olympic Whitewater Slalom Courses

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Sunday, Jul 18 2010 by

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

Eiskanal (Birds Eye)

1992: La Seu d’Urgell, Spain

The Parc del Segre (Google Maps)
The Parc del Segre

1996: Ocoee River, U.S.A.

Ocoee Whitewater Center, Tennessee (Google Maps)
Ocoee Whitewater Center, Tennessee

2000: Penrith, Australia

Penrith Whitewater Stadium (Google Maps)
Penrith Whitewater Stadium

2004: Athens, Greece

Olympic Canoe / Kayak Slalom Centre (Birds Eye)
Olympic Canoe / Kayak Slalom Centre

2008: Shunyi, China

Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park (Google Maps)
Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park

2012: FUTURE: Broxbourne, England

Lee Valley White Water Centre (Google Maps)
Lee Valley White Water Centre