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2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for WHITEWATER SLALOM event in Charlotte

The U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Whitewater Slalom is expected to bring over 130 athletes to the U.S. National Whitewater Center over three days.

The U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Whitewater Slalom is the second of three competitions where U.S. paddlers can earn points towards selection to the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team. U.S. paddlers began accumulating points at the 2007 World Championships and will conclude the selection process at the Prague World Cup in June.
The U.S., which has secured 2008 Olympic berths in the men's and women's single kayak events, will be vying for slots in the men's single and double canoe. Canada, which has 2008 Olympic Games berths wrapped-up in the men's and women's single kayak, will also be vying for slots in the men's single and double canoes. 
These competitions will be held simultaneously in one seamless spectator event. The races themselves will take place from 11am - 4pm each day, Friday April 25 - Sunday, April 27. 

SPORT Description

In Slalom Racing, paddlers have to navigate the kayak or canoe through pairs of poles, called "gates", set up over the challenging rapids, waves, eddies and currents on a stretch of rough water. If the paddler touches one of the poles, or misses a gate altogether, penalty times are added to the time achieved by the competitor on that run. They are single kayak (K) events, for men and women, and canoe events, also for men and women, in single (C1) and double boats (C2). There are also team events.
This discipline made its appearance in the Olympic Games in Munich in 1972 and then had to wait until 1992 to be reinstated to the Olympic program.

Charlotte White Water Center:

820 Hawfield Road,
Charlotte, NC 28214 



Published Wednesday, February 27, 2008 2:38 PM by Angie Adams NC/SC REALTOR® Broker


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