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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

If you could participate in an Olympic event, which one would you choose and why?

I would compete in the Women's K1, Single Kayak Slalom. If you're not familiar, here's the facts from Olympic.org:

A whalebone and driftwood frame, with a sea-lion skin stretched tautly over it and waterproofed with whale fat, hardly suggests a budding Olympic sport. Yet the kayaks that meant life to the Inuits in the Arctic for centuries have become the racing kayaks of the modern world - even if the building materials have changed.

The link was 19th century British barrister John MacGregor. He studied the ancient kayaks, designed a similar boat and disappeared into the rivers and lakes of Europe's wilderness to become a noted travel writer of his time. When others copied his boat, he founded the Royal Canoe Club, and canoe regattas began a year later in 1866.

While Canoe-Kayak reached the Olympic Games in 1936 with Flatwater Racing, it took almost half a century for Slalom Racing to be included in the Olympic Programme, when Munich in 1972, hosted the dramatic whitewater version, and heralded Slalom as a fully fledged Olympic Discipline.

The Slalom Racing events, involving men's K1 (single kayak), C1 (single canoe) and C2 (double canoe) and women's K1 require the paddlers to negotiate 20 to 25 gates in turbulent water over a 300-metre course. Competitors aim to complete the course in the shortest time, factoring in penalties for gates touched or missed.

I currently am not in any kind of shape - but I would love to do the slalom. There is a flat water version - but this would be so much more fun. Plenty of adrenalin and lots of fun in the water.

1 comment:

Bilbo said...

I'll take the Winter Olympic special Biathlon any day. Any sport that lets you shoot a gun while on skis ranks 5 out of 5 circles in my book!