News, views and noise from the non-stop, worldwide circus of Olympic sport: ● Games of the XXX Olympiad: London 2012 ● The International Olympic Committee announced yet another doping re-test positive on Wednesday, disqualifying Canoe Sprint C-1 silver medalist Jevgeniy Shuklin of Lithuania. The re-testing process resulted in “a positive test for the prohibited substances […]
The Canoe Slalom course at Lee Valley near London, site of the 2012 Olympic competition, welcomes back the first World Cup of the 2019...
Sometimes the most interesting races in a World Cup or other early-season race is how much improvement is obvious in specific boats. At last year’s...
There are only two ICF Sprint World Cups in 2019, with this week’s program in Duisberg (GER) the final stage. While there have been...
If there was any doubt that Lisa Carrington’s continued dominance in kayak at age 29, forget it. The New Zealander showed once again that she...
The first of two ICF World Cup Sprint events is underway in Poznan (POL), with a huge program of events continuing through Sunday. Thanks...
News, views and noise from the non-stop, worldwide circus of Olympic sport: ● Athletics ● Sure, the Diamond League opener in Doha was spectacular, but that wasn’t the only fast running on Friday. The annual American distance spectacular – the Payton Jordan Invitational at Stanford – once again delivered in style: The expected star of […]
The American Canoe Association, the national governing body for canoeing and kayaking in the U.S., held its 2019 National Team Trials on the Oklahoma River near Oklahoma City over the weekend, with the reigning U.S. champions winning most of the honors. Reigning K-1 200 and 500 m champion Stanton Collins won both of those races […]
The American Canoe Association is holding the U.S. National Team Trials this weekend in Oklahoma City, with competition in both Sprint and Slalom disciplines. In...
The International Olympic Committee has trumpeted the benefits of its Agenda 2020 reform program, one of the first initiatives undertaken by then-new IOC President Thomas Bach in December 2014. Its concepts significantly changed the bidding process for the Olympic Games and Winter Games, in part by emphasizing the use of “existing facilities and the use […]
“It’s been the perfect season, the perfect world championships, I’m absolutely thrilled.” She should be. Australia’s Jessica Fox (pictured) re-wrote the record books with gold medals in both the C-1 and K-1 events at the ICF World Canoe Slalom Championships in Rio de Janeiro (BRA) over the weekend. The favorite in both events, she won […]
Pan American Games qualifying and a full slate of continental championship events filled the Pan American Sprint Championships in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia (CAN) last weekend. Canada was the star of the competition, winning seven events in both the men’s and women’s divisions. Sprinter Stephen Frodsham won the C-1 200 and 500 m events for the […]
Australia’s Jessica Fox made the 2018 World Cup Slalom season all about her. She started by winning both the C-1 and K-1 races in the first three World Cup of the season, an amazing feat considering that no one had won both in a single World Cup since she did it in 2013! That put […]
The fifth and final World Cup in Canoe Slalom comes this weekend at the famed course at La Seu d’Urgell (ESP); the current standings: ∙ Men’s C-1: 1. 220 Alexander Slafkovsky (SVK) 2. 204 Sideris Tasiadis (GER) 3. 162 Luca Bozic (SLO) ∙ Men’s K-1: 1. 204 Jiri Prskavec (CZE) 2. 162 Dariusz Popiela (POL) […]
Germany’s Sideris Tasiadis won his third World Cup Slalom of the season, but Australia’s Jessica Fox suffered her first defeat of 2018. Tasiadis won the C-1 on Saturday by just 0.68 over Slovakia’s Alexander Slafkovsky, but Fox ended up second to Austria’s two-time Olympian, Corinna Kuhnle, 107.94-109.01 as both had penalty-free runs. The men’s K-1 […]
Lots of activity in the doping sector, not only new positives, but also a promise of more pressure against sports with positives at the Asian Games: ∙ Asian Games: Olympic Council of Asia chief Sheikh Ahmad al-Fahad al-Sabah (KUW) told reporters “We would like to see which sport in the past three Games had the […]
After a break of almost two months, the fourth ICF Slalom World Cup is getting ready in Tacen (SLO), with Australia’s Jessica Fox trying to sweep both the C-1 and K-1 events once again for the fourth straight time! No one had won both in a single World Cup since Fox had done it at […]
If you’re a gold medalist, you’re sure to draw a lot of attention; you’re the one everyone wants to beat. Germany’s Sebastian Brendel and Hungary’s Danuta Kozak weren’t worried about it. They won anyway. At the ICF World Sprint Championships in Montemor-a-Velho (POR), Brendel was busy, winning his fourth straight World Championship in the C-1/1,000 […]
The ICF World Sprint Championships are on this week in the familiar Portuguese canoeing capital of Montemor-o-Velho, with 17 events for men and 13 events for women planned, plus a large number of paracanoe events. A total of 66 nations are entered. The defending World Champions from Racice (CZE) in 2017: Men: ∙ C-1 200 […]
Hundreds of races in Bantam, Juvenile, Junior, Seniors and Masters divisions were run in the first U.S. Canoe Sprint Nationals run under the supervision of the American Canoe Association, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma from 1-4 August. In the senior division, eight athletes dominated the Canoe and Kayak divisions: Men’s C-1: Ken Kasperbauer won the C-1 […]