Sprint - ACA

Olympic & Paralympic


Nevin Harrison, Aaron Small and Jonas Ecker

Powerful athletes race head-to-head on a beautiful 9-lane course in narrow, high-speed canoes and kayaks. Olympic Flatwater Sprint Racing combines grace, power, fitness, exact paddling mechanics, and tremendous mental strength in three distances – 200m, 500m, and 1000m. First introduced in the 1924 Paris Olympic Games, Canoe/Kayak Sprint became a full medal sport in the 1936 Berlin Olympics.  Sprint Canoe/Kayak represents one of the largest Olympic sports with 10 events.

Athletes are seated and use a paddle with a blade at each end in Kayak events while racing in one-person (K1), two-person (K2), and four-person (K4) boats. Canoe events, in single (C1) and double (C2), are characterized by a single-bladed paddle and are raced from the powerful high-knee position. Four person canoes (C4) are also raced at the annual World Championships.

The USA has won 7 Gold, 4 Silver, and 6 Bronze Olympic Medals in Sprint. Nevin Harrison (pictured above) is the current Olympic and World Champion in C1 200, making her the World’s Fastest Women in a Canoe.  For complete Olympic Canoeing Results please see these Race Archives.


Sprint is governed by the Sprint Competition Committee (SCC).  Learn more about the SCC, see its current membership, view the sprint racing rules, and read meeting minutes.

National Team Coaching Staff

Joseph Harper

Canoe Coach, Joseph Harper

Shelley Oates-Wilding

Kayak Coach, Shelley Oates-Wilding

Last update: June 19 –  Registration link for Nationals added

Sprint Competitions

  • 2024 CSP Events
  • 2024 Olympic Events
  • Race Results Archives
  • Senior Team Trials, Lake Natoma, California, March 22-23, 2024
    Results on CrewTimer.com

    ICF Continental Qualifier / Pan American Canoe Championships – The Continental Qualifier, Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, Florida, April 23, 24 & 25.

    World Cup 1 – Szeged, Hungary.  Qualified athletes should coordinate with the National coaches their boat requirements and travel dates and arrive in Szeged no later than May 7, 2024, for training camp. This is a self-funded trip.  Deposit requirements have been requested and it is necessary to reserve housing.  Approximated total cost will be $2,500.

    World Cup 2 – Poznan, Poland – This is an unsupported competition, although qualified athletes are free to attend.  Athletes must tell the National Coaches of their intent to attend and which events they would like to enter.  This should be communicated in writing to Steve Kelly.  The ACA will submit the entries.

    Junior World & Olympic Hopes Trials at the Ted Houk Regatta, June 8-9, 2024, Green Lake, Seattle, Washington

    Results on CrewTimer

    Junior (U18) and U23 World Championships – July 17-21, 2024, Phovdia, Bulgaria
    July 7th fly from Atlanta, Georgia, arriving July 8th at Plovdiv, Bulgaria. We will be staying in the accommodations organized by the ICF World Championship Organizing committee and leaving after the competition on Monday July 22nd. We will use the organizing committee transport from the airport to the Hotel in Plovdiv. We will also use the organized buses to the course and Coaches will have one car for emergencies.  This is a self-funded trip – approximate cost for 15 nights is $2,500.

    U23 and Jr World Team Information

    US National Championships, August 6-9, 2024, Lake Lanier, Gainesville, Georgia

    Nationals Registration Form – Must be a member of the ACA, deadline is July 16, 2024


    Olympic Canoe Sprint Competition, August 6-11, 2024, Paris, France

    Non-Olympic World Championships, August 23-25, 2024, Samarkland, Uzbekistan

    Olympic Hopes Regatta, September 19-22, 2024, Szeged, Hungary

    Paracanoe Competition, September 6-8, 2024, Paris, France 

    The following ten canoe sprint events are part of the 2024 Paris Olympic program:

      1. Women’s C-1 200 meters (WC1 200m)
      2. Men’s C-1 1000 meters (MC1 1000m)
      3. Women’s C-2 500 meters (WC2 500m)
      4. Men’s C-2 500 meters (MC2 500m)
      5. Women’s K-1 500 meters (WK1 500m)
      6. Men’s K-1 1000 meters (MK1 1000m)
      7. Women’s K-2 500 meters (WK2 500m)
      8. Men’s K-2 500 meters (MK2 500m)
      9. Women’s K-4 500 meters (WK4 500m)
      10. Men’s K-4 500 meters (MK4 500m)

    For historical information about past competitions and award winners, please see the Sprint Canoe and Kayak Archives Website.

    You will also find there a listing of all Sprint Canoe and Kayak Olympians, Paralympians, and World Champions for the United States

Team Selection Procedures

2024 USA Canoe Sprint Olympic Team

2024 USA Canoe Sprint Senior National Team

Sprint Document Library


Sprint Competition Committee Bylaws-v1-0

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Date added: 12-05-2023
Date modified: 12-05-2023

ACA Sprint Racing Rules (2023)

Version: ACA Sprint Racing Rules (2023)-20230622
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Date added: 06-21-2023
Date modified: 05-07-2024

Olympic Results 1924-2018

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Date added: 03-27-2023
Date modified: 03-07-2024