Canoe Slalom previously known as Whitewater Slalom is sport where athletes race against each other in a canoe on the powerful water to complete a course of hanging gates as fast as possible. A "gate" is two poles, hanging over the water and these gates are colored as Green and white gates are negotiated in a downstream direction, red and white gates upstream. The gates are placed so that you must make tricky cross-current moves and use the eddies and waves.
Athletes have to pass through all the gates in number order and in the correct direction red ones upstream, green ones downstream. If Athlete touch a pole with anything including paddle, boat, helmet,buoyancy aid or any part of body then penalty of two seconds is added to his or her time. If Athlete miss a gate out or move in the wrong direction or upside down then penalty of fifty seconds is added to his or her time. Every participant takes two runs and the best run of the two counts.
Canoe Slalom a sport in which Britain excels. Richard Fox was 5 times World Champion, Lynn Simpson is Ladies World Champion and Paul Ratcliffe has held the World Cup and took the silver medal at the Sydney Olympic Games. Campbell Walsh won the K1M silver medal and Helen Reeves the K1W bronze at Athens in 2004, and David Florence won the C1 silver medal in Beijing in 2008. International Canoe Federation (ICF) governs the two disciplines of Canoe (Slalom & Sprint). Canoe Slalom was first became the part of Olympic Games in 1972 and since 1992 it has become the permanent part of Olympic Games.
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