Canoe Slalom Olympians 1972-2021

While there is no shortage of information on the internet, finding a definitive source with accurate information organized in a logical structure can be illusive. Over successive Olympics, I have compiled a list of which national federations have secured spots in which classes and then ultimately, which athletes have later then been selected by their national federation to represent their country. This matrix of canoe slalom athletes by class and national federation have been in separate spreadsheet tabs … until now.

So as you may be aware, I’ve been busy over the last few weeks and months. Realizing that I could transpose the same data from multiple separate tabs into one master spreadsheet from 1992-2021. After some further reflection and soul-searching I decided that it was inexcusable not to also incorporate those athletes from the 1972 Munich Olympics in Augsburg. So finally perhaps we have a definitive single source of the 605 Olympians who have raced across 56 national federations plus the Independent Olympic Athletes (IAO).

I have gone back to the original pdf results and cross-checked against the IOC online database too. I am confident it is 99% accurate. Understandably, there have been a few athletes, who in that time have changed their name(s) and a few who have changed national federation. I trust I have taken all these into account.

In a further dive into the same data I was able to reorganize into a single list of 605 athletes, showing which athletes raced in which of the nine Olympics canoe slalom events from Munich 1972 to Tokyo 2021. It is fascinating to see the notable family names that recur across the years. There are multiple ways to slice and dice the data, ranked by the total number of Olympic appearances that places Stepanka Hilgertova (CZE) top, or by total number of medals that puts Michal Martikan (SVK) top with five medals.

I can be counted on to start populating a similar matrix for Paris2024, first with the spots secured by national federations and then subsequently with the names of the athletes selected by their Olympic associations. We have five athletes who on paper could secure spots at their 5th consecutive Olympics. They are Maialen Chourraut (ESP), Ander Elosegi (ESP), Takuya Haneda (JPN), Luuka Jones (NZL), and Peter Kauzer (SLO). Could Michal Martikan (SVK) make a 6th Olympic Games to match those by Stepanka Hilgertova (CZE). Several athletes, including Olympic Champion Jessica Fox (AUS) might be anticipated to race in a fourth consecutive Olympics.

The gold, silver, and bronze medals from each Olympics is highlighted indicating that we have had 97 separate athletes as medallists in canoe slalom since 1972.

This is all part of a larger spreadsheet which has been consolidating international canoe slalom results from Olympics, World Championships, World Cup series, European Championships, and ICF World Ranking. This information is all part of a broader effort to help educate the media and provide up-to-date results to live race and broadcast commentators. If anyone would like access to this please contact me on social media to request access or email john.gregory@opencityinc.com

While the ICFslalom podcast has become of interest to athletes, coaches, and spectators, it is again a means to help us educate the media and provide them daily updates through the biggest international races. All this wonderful new analysis provides some interesting room for future conversations on the podcast. Daily podcasts episodes are planned live through the 2023 Lee Valley Worlds.

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