After writing about Lee Valley for the anticipated Olympic canoe slalom races for more than two years, I finally had the opportunity to view it from water level. The Olympic course is harder than if looks! It is tiring, the drops are big and visibility down a pending drop is very limited so in slalom you would really have to know your exact line. I was surprised how boily the sides of the course are.
I have been asked to contribute to the ICF Planet Canoe, describing this use of social media in communicating Olympic canoeing.
The five series 2012 World Cup series wound up in Bratislava at the end of July.
The respective World Cup winners in all five classes were:
K1M – Etienne Daille, France
K1W – Ursa Kragelj, Slovenia
C1M – Alexander Slafkovsky, Slovakia
C1W – Rosalyn Lawrence, Australia
C2 – Pierre Labarelle & Nicolas Peschier, France
Off the London2012 Olympians, Jana Dukatova from Slovakia after missing out on a medal on the Lee Valley course, won both the Prague and Bratislava World Cup races.
It is anticipated that there will be several Olympian’s retiring in the aftermath of London 2012. These are as yet unknown but could potentially include Stepanka Hilgertova, Helmut Oblinger, David Ford, Campbell Walsh, may be also Michal Martikan who designed the 4th World Cup race in Prague immediately after the Olympics but did not complete in either race.
More news will follow as it is confirmed.
The Olympic Lee Valley Whitewater Centre is now open to the public. It will be the site of the ICF World Championships in 2015. In the more immediate future the 1st World Cup race returns to Cardiff Whitewater centre in 2013.