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Slalom Canoeing and Kayaking at the Olympics

In whitewater slalom events, competitors aim to navigate a decked canoe or kayak through a course of hanging gates on river rapids in the fastest time possible.

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Slalom canoeing and kayaking was first introduced in the summer Olympics during the 1972 games. In 1972 there were two classes of slalom canoeing (C1 and C2) for men only and one class of slalom kayaking (K1) for both men and women. The event was shelved after its initial appearance and made a comeback again in 1992 and has been in the program ever since.

Slalom Events at the 2020 Tokyo Games

The C-2 for men has been dropped from the program, replaced with the C-1 for women, so now there is an equal number of events for men and women, the move part of the Olympics' move towards gender equality. The kayak boats are identified by the letter “K” while the canoes are prefixed by a “C”, with the following number indicating the number of paddlers.

Changes for 2024

Extreme Canoe Slalom has been added to the Olympic program, replacing two Canoe Sprint Medals (men’s and women’s K1 200).

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