Reflections from Rio

I have been fabulously privileged to share our love for canoeing with the rest of the World. Rio was a huge inspiration; deeply disturbing; profoundly sad and proof in the value of teamwork.

  • We have all grown in our own ways since London 2012. The Olympics upholds the faster, higher, stronger motto. Personal bests. New records. Outstanding achievements. The Brazilian nation. Our ICF media team.
  • The deprivation that is very visible around Rio is deeply disturbing. It can’t be hidden behind fluorescent Olympic colours. Nevertheless, we witnessed great individual stories of out-reach for example New Zealand’s Mike Dawson. The fact that we left more cognizant of this has to be positive. We pledge to come back. We ask the IOC to please donate all the stuffed toy mascots to the local kids in Rio.
  • The canoeing world is left with a deep sense of loss too. We lost one of our own canoe slalom community. German women’s coach Stefan Henze was tragically killed in a taxi in Rio. Stefan was an Olympic silver medallist in Athens.
  • We saw incredible teamwork, the Brazilian’s came together and embraced the overseas sporting world. Athletes from different nations lent a hand to each other. Sport does unite us.

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In the space of three weeks, I produced a 24,000-word blog series and more than 1,000 live tweets using hashtag #ICFslalom and #ICFsprint. We have one final post soon on the Planet Canoe Rio 2016 blog with what the social analytics tell us.
Don’t forget the Paralympics. These athletes deserve our attention and recognition too. I will be tweeting #ICFparacanoe @PlanetCanoe
I didn’t compete. That doesn’t matter. I know I have left Rio, faster, higher, stronger and more enriched than when I arrived. Adeus Rio.

 
Featured image photo credit: Balint Vekassy, ICF photographer. In my opinion, the very best image from the canoe slalom in Deodoro. Pictured is Jana Dukatova (SVK).

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Rio 2016 blog index

Here is a quick reference index to my daily Rio 2016 canoe slalom blog on the ICF Planet Canoe website.

In chronological order:

Welcome to the Rio Olympic Canoe Slalom blog

Canoe Slalom Essentials

Rio 2016 Olympic Games Canoe Slalom Qualification

Spectators guide to the X-Park Deodoro whitewater centre

Guide to Olympic canoe slalom kayak classes – K1M & K1W

Guide to Olympic canoe slalom canoe classes – C1M & C2M

Canoe Slalom technique and terminology 

Rio Canoe Slalom Athletes

Junior & U23 paddlers on the rise

The mental game

Feel The Ultimate Run

Canoe slalom support from the bank – the coach

The all seeing eye of the judge

Canoe slalom from behind the lens

Incredible atmosphere of live race commentary

Rio Olympic canoe slalom day 1 preview

All eyes on Deodoro

Canoe Slalom Olympic heats day 1 review and day 2 preview

Canoe Slalom Olympic heats day 2 review and day 3 preview (C1M semi-final) 

50-second, 2-second or clear?

Canoe Slalom Olympic C1M day 3 review and day 4 K1M preview

Canoe Slalom Olympic K1M day 4 review and day 5 C2M & K1W preview

Canoe Slalom Olympic C2M & K1W day 5 review

Most Promising Paddler Award – Jakub Grigar (SVK)

Deodoro canoe slalom legacy

Canoe slalom now to Tokyo 2020

 

Remember to use hashtag #ICFslalom across all social media. Please comment through @PlanetCanoe on Twitter

 

Follow the blog series on the ICF Planet Canoe website

 

Photo credit: Balint Vekassy canoephotography.com

Rio 2016 blog – Welcome back

Welcome back to the daily canoe slalom Olympic blog. A whole 4-year Olympic cycle and we are back here again.

 

Welcome to my 2016 contribution that is published on the International Canoe Federation (ICF) website. This is intended to provide the one-stop shop for everything you could possibly wish to know about canoe slalom at the Rio Olympics.

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