Slalom & Kayak Cross - ACA

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Slalom & Kayak Cross

The Olympic Canoe Slalom (CSL) discipline is a timed event where athletes navigate a minimum of 150m and a maximum of 400m long whitewater course through rapids and a combination of 18 to 25 downstream (green) and upstream (red) gates, of which six or eight must be upstream gates. The athlete receives a 2-second penalty for a touched gate and a 50-second penalty for a missed gate or incorrect gate navigation.

Canoe slalom is contested by two types of boats, a canoe (C) and a kayak (K). An athlete knees in a canoe and propels the boat with the single-blade paddle. An athlete uses the double-bladed paddle in a seated position in a kayak. At an international level, male (M) and female (W) athletes currently compete in four individual events: Single Kayak (MK1 & WK1) and Single Canoe (MC1 & WC1).

The canoe slalom originated in Switzerland in 1933 as a summer alternative to slalom skiing. It debuted as an Olympics sport during the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, Germany, and it has appeared continuously in the Olympic program since the 1992 Games in Barcelona, Spain. Earlier, Canoe Slalom was also known as the “Whitewater Slalom.”

In previous Olympics, the USA Canoe Slalom team has earned 1 Gold Medal (MC2), 2 Silver Medals (WK1), and 2 Bronze Medals (MC1 & WK1).

Tokyo Olympics Results: Michal Smolen (MK1 – 5th), Zachary Lokken (MC1 – 7th), and Evy Leibfarth (WK1 – 12th, WC1 – 18th).

  • 2023 CSL Competitions & Information
  • 2022 CSL Competitions
  • 2021 CSL Competitions
  • Paris 2024 Olympic Events
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    ICF Racing Calendar

    2023 Updates to ACA Slalom Racing Rules

    2023 USA CSL National Team Trials

    • USA CSL Senior/U23/Junior Team Trials,
      Oklahoma City, April 14-16, 2023

    2023 Pan American Games

    • Pan American Championships/Qualifier
      Tres Coroas, Brazil, April 28-30
    • Pan American Games Santiago, Chile;
      October 22-29

    2023 ICF Canoe Slalom World Cups and World Championships

    • ICF CSL World Cup #1 Augsburg, Germany;
      June 2-4
    • ICF CSL World Cup #2 Prague, Czech Republic;
      June 9-11
    • ICF CSL World Cup #3 Ljubljana-Tacen, Slovenia; June 16-18
    • ICF CSL Jr/U23 World Championships
      Krakow, Poland; August 15-20
    • ICF CSL World Cup #4 Pla Seu D’urgell, Spain;
      September 1-3
    • ICF CSL World Championships Lee Valley, Great Britain; September 19-24
    • ICF CSL World Cup Final/Olympic Test Event  Vaires-Sur-Marne, France; October 5-8

    2023 USA National Championships

    • Oklahoma City; September 25-26

    2022 USA CSL National Team Trials

    2022 ICF Canoe Slalom World Cups and World Championships

    • ICF CSL World Cup #1 Prague, Czech Republic; June 5(10)-12
    • ICF CSL World Cup #2 Krakow, Poland; June 13(17)-19
    • ICF CSL World Cup #3 Ljubljana-Tacen, Slovenia; June 20(24)-26
    • ICF CSL Jr/U23 World Championships Ivrea, Italy; June 27(July 5)-July 10
    • ICF CSL World Championships Augsburg, Germany; July 13(26)-31
    • ICF CSL World Cup #4 Pau, France; August 22(26)-28
    • ICF CSL World Cup Final La Seu, Spain; August 29(September 2)-September 4
    • ICF CSL Ranking race – USA National Team Training Camp Lee Valley-London, UK; September 17-18

     

    2022 Age Group and USA National Championships-

      • Salida Whitewater Park, Salida, Colorado – August 5-6 (races to be complete by 2pm both days).
      • For more information contact: Laura Bohn @ Laura.bohn@comcast.net / Michelle Gallop mgallop42@gmail.com

    2022 Slalom & Wildwater Nationals will held at USNWC in Charlotte, NC on 10/8-9

    • Cost will be $125 for Nationals registration- for this rate you MUST log into your ACA account
      • NOTE: You are required to pay $6 daily to park or have a USNWC annual parking pass
    • Slalom will race on the Competition Channel both days
    • Wildwater will race on the Wilderness Channel on Saturday only
      • Friday training sessions will be announced soon
    • Athletes Register HERE
    • Non-Athlete/Volunteer Register HERE

    2022 Thanksgiving Training Camp

    • Due to major construction on the OKC/RIVERSPORT course there is will not be a Thanksgiving camp in 2022.
    • There is discussion for a Spring Training Camp- details will be posted here.

    ICF Racing Calendar

    2021 US National and Olympic Team Trials

    2020 Olympics, Tokyo, Japan (in 2021)

    2021 Age Group Nationals and USA National Championships

    The following six canoe slalom events are part of the 2024 Paris Olympic program:

    1. Women Canoe Single (WC1)
    2. Men Canoe Single (MC1)
    3. Women Kayak Single (WK1)
    4. Men Kayak Single (MK1)
    5. Women Kayak Cross (WX1)
    6. Men Kayak Cross (MX1)

2022 USA Canoe Slalom (CSL) National Team

2022 USA U23 Canoe Slalom Team

2022 USA Junior Canoe Slalom Team

2021 Canoe Slalom – International Right to Compete

Senior Events:
Besides athletes nominated to the USA National Team, the following athletes have earned the right to compete and represent the USA at international events, including the 2021 ICF CSL World Cups and World Championship.

Women Canoe Single (WC1):

  • Harriet Rollins

Women Kayak Single (WK1):

  • Marcella Altman

Men Kayak Single (MK1):

  • Kaelin Friedenson
  • Jordan Sherman
  • Wesley Bolyard

U23 Events:
Besides the athletes nominated to the USA U23 Canoe Slalom (CSL) Team, the following athletes have earned the right to compete and represent the USA at the international events, including the 2021 ICF U23 CSL World Championship.

Men Canoe Single (MC1):

  • Micajah McCurry

Women Kayak Single (WK1):

  • Emma Morgan (EJ) Joseph

Men Kayak Single (MK1):

  • Robert Healy

Junior Events:
Besides the athletes nominated to the USA Junior Canoe Slalom (CSL) Team, the following athletes have earned the right to compete and represent the USA at the international events, including the 2021 ICF Junior CSL World Championship.

Men Canoe Single (MC1):

  • Luca Bohn

Women Kayak Single (WK1):

  • Marcella Altman
  • Isabel Long

Men Kayak Single (MK1):

  • Kyler Long
  • Davis Jung