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

Qualified for Rio

The run in to the Rio Olympics begins. We expect many more paddlers around the globe will be able to say Qualified for Rio in the Canoe Slalom, Canoe Sprint and Paracanoe.

I will be providing commentary on Twitter through @PlanetCanoe on behalf of the International Canoe Federation (ICF). We have World Cup races between now and Rio in all three olympic events.

Continue reading “Qualified for Rio”

2015 Canoe Slalom article listing

Here is a full listing and links to my canoe slalom articles during 2015. These were posted to Sportscene.tv, International Canoe Federation as well as this blog. Through the year I provided live race commentary on Twitter via @gregiej @planetcanoe and using #ICFslalom.

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2015 Sportscene articles

Here is a full listing and links to my 2015 articles posted on Sportscene.tv during 2015. For live ICF race commentary follow me on Twitter @gregiej. Below you can follow the links to both previews and reviews of the Junior / U23 ICF World Championships, ICF World Cup series and Pan Am Games #TO2015.

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Breakfast with the Brazilian Canoe Slalom team

2015 season review in just 3 words

ICF World Cup Pau final review

ICF World Cup 4 Seu review & Pau preview 

ICF World Cup 4 Seu preview

Pan Am Games Canoe Slalom race review in Minden

Pam Am Games Canoe Slalom race preview in Minden

ICF World Cup 3 Liptovsky review

ICF World Cup 2 Krakow review and Liptovsky preview

ICF World Cup 1 Prague review

ICF Canoe Slalom Prague World Cup 1 preview

ICF Junior / U23 Canoe Slalom World Championships race review in Foz

ICF Junior / U23 Canoe Slalom World Championships Foz preview

King of Slalomia – Interview with multiple World Champions

2015 ICF Canoe Slalom Season preview

2014 Sportscene articles

My support of the Sportscene.tv website has continued this year. Here are links to the 16 articles posted under @gregiej so far, with just a couple extra posted separately to this blog.

2014 ICF Canoe Slalom season preview

Scotland, Canoe Slalom and the impact of of independence

Junior & U23 World Championship race analytics

The Ultimate Run – 25 years on – anniversary of ’89 Savage Worlds

Onwards and Upwards with the Brazilian Canoe Slalom Team

ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup race 1 preview

ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup race 2 review & 3 preview

ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup race 3 review and tribute

ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup race 4 preview

ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup race 4 review

ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup race 5 preview

ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup final review

A review of In the Flow by Jonathan Males

10 Predictions for the Deep Creek Worlds

Deep Creek official program – The Ultimate Run 25 years on

The French Connection – Deep Creek Canoe Slalom Worlds Review

Deep Creek Worlds 2014 blog entry summary

Vote for Fiona Pennie – UK #WomenInSportCalendar

Canoe Slalom debut at the Pan Am Games #TO2015

A special thanks and recognition to all the photographers and contributors who have allowed me to quote them and use their fabulous photography.

 

GB Canoe Slalom Final Selection Event – Lee Valley April 27 – 28

This weekend (April 27-28) at Lee Valley marks the exciting culmination of the GB Canoeing Canoe Slalom Selection Trials series 2013. Last year’s selection races were tremendously exciting at this wonderful Lee Valley White Water Centre in Herfordshire, which was the venue for the state of the art Olympic canoe slalom. You saw some of the paddlers including gold and silver medalists in C2 competing in the Olympics and after the first two selection events this final selection trial is looking very tight. The two days of selections decide the GB Canoeing team for the 2013 World Championships, World Cup series, European Championships and U23 championships.

More details are available from the GB Canoeing website, where you can find links to buy tickets, or through the home nation websites. Tickets will be available at the venue.

I will be bringing you live results here as well as through the Sportscene.tv and International Canoe Federation Cardiff World Cup website

Great Britain's Richard Hounslow in K1M focussed on advancing to the semi-finals (photo courtesy of Michael Barnett)
Great Britain’s Richard Hounslow in K1M focussed on advancing to the semi-finals (photo courtesy of Michael Barnett)

 

New Sportscene ‘column’ – Sneak preview of what to expect in the 2013 canoe slalom season

Welcome to a preview of the 2013 international  canoe slalom season

Follow this link to a Sneak Preview of what to expect in the 2013 canoe slalom season posted on the Sportscene website.

I am delighted to be one of the new contributors to Sportscene and will be providing race previews, race day reports and post race reviews of the ICF World Cup and World Championship events through 2013.

John – @gregiej

Lee Valley from water’s level

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.

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It was observed that my boat is a little long!

2012 World Cup Series Standings

World Cup 1 in Cardiff (photo courtesy of Michael Barnett)

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.