Kayak Slalom: From the Beginning to The Present Day
Kayak Slalom on whitewater began on 11 September 1932 in Switzerland. The games designer
announced Slalom is a whitewater test and his thought came from skiing, where the key terms change
from winter, day off Ski Slalom to summer, water and Canoe Slalom.
Sadly World War II started only six years after the primary Canoe Slalom rivalry was held in Switzerland
and the improvement of the game was hindered, especially in its Olympic movement. When the war
was finished, the main Canoe Slalom World Championships, under the support of the International
Canoe Federation (ICF), was coordinated in 1949 in Geneva, Switzerland.
From this date it is conceivable to separate the historical backdrop of Canoe Slalom into three periods:
from 1949 - 1972, from 1972 - 1992 and 1992 onwards.
The main period is portrayed by sensational changes. Collapsing and unbending material kayaks were
supplanted with fiberglass strengthened plastic boats at title occasions. Incredible Britain had its first
World Champion when Paul Farrant won the mens K1 World Title in 1959.
1972 – 1992
The second significant period was loaded up with changing and streamlining slalom controls just as with
expectations and dreams of slalom turning into an Olympic game once more. This time as well, acquired
sensational changes boat development.
Kayak Slalom made its presentation at the Olympic Games in 1972 with the course at Augsburg in
Germany actually utilized for International rivalry today. Shockingly after 1972, Canoe Slalom didnt re-
visitation of the Olympic program until 1992. During the last part of the 1970s and 1980s Great Britain
turned into the predominant power in Canoe Slalom with numerous medallists and the 1983 World
Championships remains Britains best Worlds in Canoe Slalom with 3 Golds, 2 Silvers and 2 Bronzes won.
The third period started with the renewed introduction of Canoe Slalom at the 1992 Olympic Games.
This was another time of changes to the slalom runs: the punishment and the two run framework were
changed. It was around this time that Canoe Slalom saw an enormous increment of interest outside of
its customary home of Europe and North America to any remaining mainlands. During this period Canoe
Slalom in Great Britain has kept on being effective at International level and locally with Gareth Marriot
winning silver in mens C1 slalom at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona.
Generally Canoe Slalom has occurred on regular waterways, yet since 1992 there has been various
reason constructed counterfeit locales made for serious occasions. Almost all significant internationals
currently happen on fake destinations. Incredible Britain has four International standard whitewater
courses; Lee Valley Whitewater Course ( 2010), Cardiff Whitewater Course (2010), Holme Pierrepont
Whitewater Course (1986)and Teesside Whitewater Course (1995).
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