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.
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.
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 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.
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.